Gilbert Munger’s Paintings of Lake Marian

  • Mike Schroeder

St. Louis County Historical Society Newsletter |

The St. Louis County Historical Society has a wonderful 19th Century landscape painted by Gilbert Munger [1837-1903], who lived and painted in Duluth during several periods of his life. This painting was probably done in Duluth, since its 1872 date matches a period when Munger was a resident. However, one look convinces us that the scene is not in Minnesota. A hint to the subject is the inscription “Donna Lake” on the back, apparently in Munger’s hand. Where is Donna Lake and why did Munger paint it? I have spent some time tracking down the answers. They tell us something of Munger’s adventures further West.