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McKENNEY, Thomas; James HALL.

Group of Six Native American Chiefs and Warriors.

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89447
Daniel Rice and J.G. Clarke, Philadelphia, 1842
£8,500

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 Read more.

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Description

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 x 3.5 cm.

Bibliography

Howes M129; cf. Sabin 43410a.

Stock ID:89447

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