Art: The Prince & the Painter

One can never tell what will turn up in an old Rhine castle. In 1958, poking under the beds and into the closets of Neuwied Castle, a Knoedler Art Galleries executive found water colors and sketches that completed the most graphic record known of the look and life of the American West three decades after Lewis and Clark. Last week a third of the collection went on exhibition at Omaha's Joslyn Art Museum, the rest to follow in May.

In 1833, Alexander Philip Maximilian, naturalist, explorer, and Prince of Wied, decided to make a...

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