Art of the Stamp
From the Collection of the United States Postal Services



Legends of the West: Sacagawea
Acrylic on canvas affixed to board

Artist: Mark Hess
Art director: Richard Sheaff
First day of issue: October 18, 1994

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Like all artists who seek to portray Sacagawea, Mark Hess had room to be creative, but he made sure he was well informed about Lewis and Clark’s interpreter. He researched earlier portraits and sculptures of her, studied the earliest photographs of Shoshone women, and modeled Sacagawea’s clothing on artifacts from the period.



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