1848, "John Ridge, a Cherokee," McKenney & Hall

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John Ridge, a Cherokee. John was the son of Major Ridge, a distinguished Cherokee chief. He abandoned the bow and tomahawk, attended college and cultivated the arts of peace and the literature of the white man. He was later murdered by another Cherokee. This beautiful portrait is from McKenney & Hall’s Indian Tribes of North America, Rice & Hart, Philadelphia, 1848. (page size: 6 7/8" wide x 10 ½" high). This copper plate engraved and original hand colored plate was based on the original painting by Charles Bird King, who was employed by the U.S. War Department to paint the Indian delegates visiting Washington, D.C. Most of Byrd’s original oil paintings were lost in a fire at the Smithsonian Institution. Thomas Loraine McKenney, a bureaucrat, who served as Superintendent of Indian Trade and with the Office of Indian Affairs, joined with James Hall, a lawyer and writer, saw their publishing product as one way to preserve an accurate visual record of a quickly receding culture. This engraving is in excellent condition.

 
 

   

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