MCKENNEY, Thomas L. & HALL, James Lithographic & Print Coloring Establishment (illustrator)

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Daniel Rice & James G. Clark
Date Published: 1843

Description: Portrait. Lithograph with original hand coloring. Page measures 20.75" x 15".

Comments: Beautiful portrait from the folio edition of McKenney and Hall's "History of the Indian Tribes of North America". As Superintendent of the Indian Trade Bureau, Thomas McKenney wanted to document the rapidly disappearing culture of the American natives. He activated the project, sponsored by the War Department, by commissioning writer James Hall and Charles Bird King, a renowned American portraitist. King painted the prominent Indians while they visited Washington D.C. as treaty delegates. Most of the original oil paintings were destroyed by fire in the Smithsonian Museum in 1865. These lithographs, published 1842-58, are all that remain and are still hailed as one of the best visual records of influential Native Americans of the nineteenth century. Oche-Finceco was a Creek chief who signed the treaty between his nation and the federal government in Washington in 1826. It is unclear whether or not he was bribed to do so, but afterwards, he committed suicide. Minor chips and some staining along edges. Light offsetting. One of many Native American portraits in our collection.

Binding: unbound
Condition: very good
Language: English
Type: Prints

Book ID: 213775

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