This picture is painted from an incident that took place in our studio at Tah-le-quah, . . . during the session of the International Council. . . . Among those who paid us frequent visits, was an Osage boy, about 17 years of age, by the name of Washcotsa, . . . possessed of an amiable disposition and an enquiring mind. He seemed to observe every thing going on in our studio, and would endeavor to imitate any thing done by us. On one occasion we had been absent for a short time, and . . . he and one of his companions, sauntered in, and finding themselves alone, . . . assumed the palette and brushes, . . . and had made some few chalk marks upon the canvass, when we entered; he immediately discovered us and dropped the palette and brushes and pointing to the canvass said it was (pe-shee) very bad. We endeavored to induce him to resume his work, but to no purpose. He expressed a great desire to learn English, and would endeavor to repeat every thing he heard spoken, . . . At the close of the council, Mr. Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokees, induced him to remain with him to learn the English language; he however staid but a short time; for, hearing of a skirmish between his own people and the Pawnees, he immediately left for his own country, regretting that he had lost so favorable an opportunity of distinguishing himself as a warrior. [Pp. 18-19.]
Catalogue of Pictures, in Stanley and Dickerman's North American Indian Portrait Gallery; J.M. Stanley, Artist. Cincinnati: Printed at the "Daily Enquirer Office." 1846.