Edwin Whitefield immigrated to the United States from London in 1838. He was a landscape painted noted for his color lithograph (a type of printing) views of North American cities. These were exhibited and included in books. Whitefield visited Minnesota Territory for the first time briefly during the summer of 1855 and was very favorably impressed with the region. He returned the following summer to add to his series of American towns and cities a view of St. Anthony Falls flanked by the towns of Minneapolis and St. Anthony, a lithograph of which was published in the fall of 1857. In this work, Saint Anthony's Falls is pictured from below, Minneapolis is seen at left and St. Anthony at right, the cities connected by a suspension bridge. It shows steamboats on the river and people walking along a dirt road at right. Whitefield township (Kandiyohi County) in Minnesota is named after him.
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