As part of the Fort Smith Bicentennial Celebration, the Fort Smith Museum of History is currently featuring the only known image of the first Fort Smith: a watercolor executed by artist Samuel Seymour in 1820. Seymour visited Fort Smith on the return from the 1819-1820 Rocky Mountain Expedition with Major Stephen H. Long, U. S. Army Engineer. Seymour was the first artist commissioned by the U. S. Army to document the landscape and people of the vast western lands acquired through the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Possibly an Englishman by birth, Samuel Seymour was known to reside in Philadelphia and New York City. As early as 1796, Seymour exhibited his landscape paintings at various shows sponsored by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts in Philadelphia. Samuel Seymour's illustrations are contained in the official records of two expeditions under Major Stephen H. Long: The Rocky Mountain Expedition, 1819-1820, and an 1823 expedition to the headwaters of the St. Peters River in Minnesota. Upon his return to Philadelphia in 1823, Seymour's sketches and drawings from the expeditions were well received and widely publicized. Following the expeditions, Samuel Seymour is lost from the historical record with his death estimated anywhere from 1824-1832. The original "Fort Smith Arkansaw" may be viewed through April 28, 2018. View this unique piece of Fort Smith history and learn about the artist who created it. The watercolor is loaned courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Coll. 820.