These are from a set of portraits painted by Inman in 1832 and 1833 in preparation for the production of hand-colored lithographs for Thomas L. McKenney’s “The History of the Indian Tribes of North America.” These leaders had originally been painted from life by Charles Bird King, when invited to Washington by the United States government and greeted by President James Monroe in 1822. King’s portraits were destroyed in a fire at the Smithsonian Museum in 1865 but Inman’s have survived. (The above referenced information is taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art description of the portrait of “Pes-Ke-Le-Cha-Co.” above.
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