[Plate] HOO-WAN-NE-KA, A Winnebago Chief. [From HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA]

([Philadelphia: J. T. Bowen, 1841]).

An original handcoloured PLATE FROM 'One of the most costly and important works ever published on the American Indians' -Field. An important leader of the Winnebago, Hoowanneka, or 'Little Elk', fought on the side of the British in the War of 1812. He subsequently changed allegiance and became a supporter of the Americans and promoter of peace on the western frontier. He was a signatory of treaties between 1825 and 1832 which resulted in the removal of the Winnebago from the area of Wisconsin to lands west of the Mississippi River. In this portrait, Little Elk is wonderfully attired in trade silver, a Presidential Peace Medal and ornamented leather necklace. He carries a pipe tomahawk and has painted his torso with what appear to be bear paws.
The lithographs from McKenney and Hall’s HISTORY OF THE INDIAN TRIBES OF NORTH AMERICA are not only amongst the greatest hand-coloured American illustrated plates of the 19th century, but are also an American cultural treasure providing an historical record of the portraits of the chiefs, warriors and women of the various tribes. The lithographs are faithfully produced from original oil paintings either by Charles Bird King painted from life in his studio in Washington or reproduced by King from the watercolours of the famous frontier artist James Otto Lewis as well as a few other artists. Item #29828

Printed and hand-coloured at J.T. Bowen’s Lithographic Establishment. A beautifully lithographed colour plate reproduced from the original painting by Charles Bird King. Folio, the folio sheet now handsomely mounted and framed, the mounting with a wood trimmed beveled edge on tan cloth-covered board, this in a handsome black and red wooden frame gilt covered, glazed. The complete presentation being 25 x 19.5 inches. A `fine, fresh plate, quite clean with only a few very faint and unobtrusive spots of age, the colour rich and fresh, the presentation and framing all very fine and very handsome.

Price: $1,750.00