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A Group of Native American Chiefs and Warriors.

$ 10,000
  • Description
    McKENNEY, Thomas Loraine and James HALL.
    A Group of Six Native American Chiefs and Warriors.
    Daniel Rice and J.G. Clarke, Philadelphia, [1842-1844].

    A group of six original hand-coloured lithographed plates of native American chiefs and warriors, from The History of the indian Tribes - a landmark in American culture.
    Framed and glazed, overall size: 42cm by 56.5cm by 3cm.

    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.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Ample Provenance
    Origin: United States, Pennsylvania
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Hand-coloured lithgraphs on paper
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: [1842-1844]
    Styles / Movements: Western, Victorian, Color
    Book References: Howes M129; cf. Sabin 43410a.
    Dealer Reference #: 90267
    Incollect Reference #: 549410
  • Dimensions
    W. 16.54 in; H. 22.24 in; D. 1.18 in;
    W. 42 cm; H. 56.5 cm; D. 3 cm;
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