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Set of Six Native American Chiefs and Warriors.

Documentation Ample Provenance
Origin United States
Period 19th Century
Materials Six original hand-coloured lithographed plates. Mounted, framed and glazed
W. 19.49 in; H. 24.21 in;
W. 49.5 cm; H. 61.5 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1842-44
Description Thomas McKenny, formerly a director in the Office of Indian Affairs, together with James Hall, a lawyer and writer on the west, embarked on the publication of these lithographs as a way of providing a true visual representation of a fast vanishing culture.

The fine coloured illustrations are taken from the work of the artist Charles Bird King who, where possible, painted the subjects from life in his Washington studio, or otherwise re-worked paintings after the watercolours of the artist James Otto Lewis, who had produced an earlier, albeit, cruder, series of lithographs.

Only four of the original oil paintings survive (the rest having been destroyed in the Smithsonian fire of 1865), so these lithographs provide the sole remaining likenesses for some of the leading native American leaders of the early nineteenth century.

History of the Indian Tribes of North America was the most elaborate publication in the United States up to that time.

Six original hand-coloured lithographed plates from History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Mounted, framed and glazed. Overall sizes 61.5 x 49.5 cm.
Styles / Movements Other , Realism, Victorian
Book References Howes M129; cf. Sabin 43410a.
Dealer Reference Number 89447
Incollect Reference Number 270609
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