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Captain Lewis, (painting)

Artist:
Inman
King (copy after)
Subject:
Lewis, Captain
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
After original at Washington.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 86
Captain Lewis--a Shawanee. A sensible and brave Indian. Himself and party were in Washington in 1825, led by that worthy agent, Colonel Peire [sic] Menard. The incidents and history of Captain Lewis must be given in the work referred to. Leaving him, we will tell an anecdote of his wife, a fine looking woman, dressed in the costume of civilized life, and looking very queen-like, and wearing that title. They were on a visit to the officer's residence of the heights of Georgetown: In the garden was a mound, in the centre of which a column of some 18 or 20 feet high was planted, on which was mounted an eagle of large dimensions, with its wings partly expanded. The party were [sic] looking at this fine imitation of that bird in silence, when presently the wife of Lewis spoke in the Shawanee tongue, and said, pointing to the eagle, "That is the bird that comes down from the sky. His eye never sleeps. He watches all things, and protects and defends all the people that live on this great island." The eagle was meant, and by the island, America. It is common for the Indians to call America "this Island." [P. 20.]
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 male
Ethnic--Shawnee
Control number:
AECI 04480088
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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