John Caspar Wild, Second Presbyterian Church
John Casper Wild (1804-1846)  Second Presbyterian Church, ca. 1840, lithograph
John Casper Wild (1804-1846)
Second Presbyterian Church, ca. 1840, lithograph
Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
John Caspar Wild was born in Switzerland but moved to the United States in the 1830’s. He lived in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Davenport, Iowa. He specialized in hand-colored lithographs but was also an expert painter. He produced some of the first urban landscapes of cities in the American West, including St. Louis. These landscapes are valuable historical records of America’s early cities as they depict their pre-industrialized character.

His works chronicled the developments of westward expansion and in their time, serving as a visual narrative that helped merchants and travelers in the East find homes in the West.