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Portrait of the Mohawk Chieftain Thayendanegea, Known as Joseph Brant

Catalog Data

Artist:
Gilbert Stuart, 3 Dec 1755 - 9 Jul 1828  Search this
Sitter:
Thayendanegea, Mar 1743 - 24 Nov 1807  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Sight: 61 x 59.7cm (24 x 23 1/2")
Frame: 99.1 × 86.4cm (39 × 34")
Culture:
Thayendanegea: Native American\American Indian\Eastern Great Lakes\Eastern Woodlands\Iroquois\Mohawk  Search this
Type:
Painting
Place:
United Kingdom\England\Greater London\London
Date:
1786
Exhibition Label:
During the Revolutionary War, Mohawk Indian war chief Thayendanegea (whose Christian name was Joseph Brant) persuaded the Iroquois to take up arms against the Americans. When, in 1786, Brant traveled to England to negotiate Canadian land rights for dispossessed Indians and compensation for his services to the Crown, Hugh Percy, second Duke of Northumberland and former lieutenant general of the British army in America, commissioned Gilbert Stuart to paint his portrait. An attractive and exotic figure-a compelling subject for many artists-Brant here displays the silver gorget presented to him by King George III and, just below, the king's portrait in a brass locket.
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Headdress  Search this
Exterior\Sky  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Medallion  Search this
Thayendanegea: Male  Search this
Thayendanegea: Native American\Leader\Chief  Search this
Thayendanegea: Native American\Indian Interpreter  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
Owner: Private collection
Object number:
UK990273
See more items in:
Catalog of American Portraits
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_UK990273