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Wo-Hum-Pa, an Iowa Chief and The Artist, (painting)

Artist:
Stanley, John Mix
Subject:
Wo Hum Pa
Stanley, John Mix
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 49
It was with much difficulty that we induced this chief to sit for his portrait. We were anxious to paint one of his warriors upon the same canvass with him; to this he objected, saying that they were no good, and that chiefs only were worthy of such a distinguished honor; he insisted on being painted in the act of shaking hands with the artist, so that when the Great Father (the President of the U.S.) saw it, he might know that he was a friend of the white man. He is a great warrior, his arms bearing evidence of this fact, having been pierced with balls and arrows in several places from the hands of the Sioux. He was very particular as to the correct immitation [sic] of the painting on his blanket, which is to him the history of his war exploits. The hands represent the scalps taken from the heads of his enemies. We tried repeatedly to get some of his warriors to sit, but they could not be induced to do it without the consent of their chief. Such was their fear of him that they dare not enter our studio while he was present without his invitation. [P. 22; the words "no good" appear in italics in the catalogue.]
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.
Topic:
Portrait male
Ethnic--Iowa
Portrait male--Self Portrait
Occupation--Art--Artist
Control number:
AECI 02200050
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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