Belle View on the Missouri

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Pencil on paper illustrating a river with banks of short cliffs and high bluffs on which two colonial style structures are visible. Native Americans with long, straight, black hair, are visible paddling canoes on the river. Handwritten in pencil along the bottom reads, "Belle view on the Missouri residence of Major [John] Dougherty Indian agent."

John Dougherty served as an Indian agent in Missouri from 1820 until 1837. Headquartered in various locations such as Fort Leavenworth, Council Bluffs, and St. Louis, he was given the honorary rank of Major in 1827. In 1837, he purchased a large estate near Liberty, Missouri completing this lavish residence he named "Multnomah" in 1856.