Auction 124, Lot 719

"Chippeway Squaw & Child", McKenney and Hall

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1838 (dated)

Publication: History of the Indian Tribes of North America

Color: Hand Color

10 x 13 inches
25.4 x 33 cm

A charming depiction of a native woman feeding her child, showing the Chippewayan cradle-board.

Thomas McKenney & James Hall's portfolio of Indian portraits documents an important part of American History. Thomas McKenney, head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs for many years, was a champion of the Native Americans and fought throughout his tenure to preserve their culture. His legacy was commissioning artists such as James Otto Lewis and Charles Bird King to paint many of the native leaders when they visited Washington. After he left government office, he produced lithographs of these paintings for this publication. These lithographs are the only visual record left of these great Native Americans, as the paintings were destroyed by fire in 1865


Condition: A

A nice impression with delicate color applied to just the lips and cheeks. There is a short tear in the right blank margin that has been repaired on the verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $275 - $375

Sold for: $200

Closed on 5/7/2008