1855, "Nea-Math-La," McKenney & Hall

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The Seminoles or Runaways, descended from the Creeks and Cherokees and perhaps other southern tribes and derive their name from the manner of their separation from the original stocks. Governor Duval of Florida in 1824 described Neamathla as a man of uncommon abilities and of great influence with the Seminole nation, as a once principal chief. Neamathla later opposed the tribes removal to the Indian Territory. This beautiful portrait is from McKenney & Hall’s Indian Tribes of North America, Rice & Hart, Philadelphia, 1855. (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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