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Peter Toft, an itinerant artist known for landscapes, genre depictions, topographical and architectural watercolors, was born in Kolding, Denmark and died in London, England. His watercolors are rare with holdings in the Oakland Museum and the Montana Historical Society. He arrived in San Francisco in 1850 aboard the "Ohio" and did illustration work for Harper's. While based in San Francisco, he traveled to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Later he spent time in Montana where he befriended the territorial governor. On a visit to Portland he inspired the twenty-year old Thadeous Welch to become an artist. In 1865, he painted on the Palouse River, a tributary to the Snake River in Idaho, one of the great Forks of the Columbia River. In 1867, he returned to Denmark but settled in London where he exhibited at the Royal Society every year until 1885. Source

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