Auction 107, Lot 590

"Ker-O-Menee. A Celebrated Winnebago Chief.", Lewis, J. O.

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1835 (dated)

Publication: The Aboriginal Portfolio

Color: Hand Color

11.4 x 18.7 inches
29 x 47.5 cm

James Otto Lewis worked "on the spot and in the field" to produce the first published collection of portraits of Native North Americans. Considered the rarest of Indian prints they were published 1835-36 after original art painted during a series of treaty meetings in the Upper Great Lakes region during the 1820s. Ker-O-menee was painted at the Treaty of Green Bay in 1827. His expression shows his caution and skepticism. A rare work that predates Catlin's early work by three years.


Condition: B

Lightly toned with good original coloring.

Estimate: $400 - $500


Closed on 6/9/2004