The original painting was in the Redwood Library, Newport, Rhode Island, until May 1970, when it was sold at auction by that library at the Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York City. The identity of the current owner is unknown.
Pushmataha born 1764, Noxubee County, Mississippi; died 1824, Washington, D.C. Buried in Congressional Cemetery. For contemporary obituary see clipping from the National Journal, January 4, 1825, mounted in Volume II of Indian Miscellany, Rare Book Room, Bureau of American Ethnology Library. See also biographical sketch in Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 30.
Same subject in Volume I, 1838 Edition. Mc Kenney & Hall (Bureau of American Ethnology Library Cat. Number 574) has caption, Push-Ma-Ta-Ha / Chactan Warrior, and, written around the base of the bust is: On stone by J. W. Gear from a Painting by C. B. King. Printed by C. Hallmandel.
Copy from original oil portrait by C. B. King, in Redwood Library, Newport, Rhode Island.
Black and white copy negative
Published in "Pageant of America," Volume II, page 117 with legend: "Pushmataha, from the portrait by Charles Bird King (1785-1862) in the Redwood Library, Newport, R. I."
Negative 1092 B, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland