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Tshusick, (painting)

Artist:
Inman
King (copy after)
Subject:
Tshusick
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
After original at Washington.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 80
Tshusick. This represents a most remarkable woman. The costume is Chippewa, except the hat. Tshusick came from Detroit to Washington by land, in the middle of the winter--1826-7. On her arrival she was the very personification of wretchedness. She wore a pair of old cast off mens' boots, a ragged cloth petticoat, over her shoulders was thrown an old blanket, and on her head she wore a callico [sic] garden or sun bonnet, suspended from her neck was a bundle of the most worthless rags--her clothing they could not be called. She was guided by a boy to the residence of the officer in charge of the bureau of Indian affairs, taken in and fed. Lodgings was [sic] provided for her at a respectable Inn, kept by Mr. Holtzman--and blue and red cloth, and needles and beads, and ribands sent to her, with a pair of moccasins from the Indian Department. . . . She spoke French so fluently, and so correctly, as to induce a French gentleman, and a scholar, to suspect that she was a young gentleman in disguise. She professed to be religious and sought baptism. A reference was made to the minister, who conversed with her in French, and was satisfied she was sincere. She was baptized, and took the name of Lucy Cornelia Barbouer. But previous and subsequent events proved that she was not sincere. . . . She spoke two or three Indian dialects, and tolerably good English. [Pp. 18-19.]
Catalogue of One Hundred and Fifteen Indian Portraits, representing eighteen different tribes, accompanied by a few brief remarks on the character, &c. of most of them. Price 12 1/2 cents.
Topic:
Portrait female
Ethnic--Chippewa
Dress--Ethnic--Indian Dress
Control number:
AECI 04480082
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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