Ki On Twog Ky (also known as Cornplanter ) (1732/40-1836)
Canvas: 30 x 25 in. ( 76.2 x 63.5 cm )Frame: 44 3/4 x 39 15/16 x 5 in. (113.7 x 101.4 x 12.7 cm)
Bust-length portrait of a ranking Native American chief of the Seneca tribe wearing a silver medal around his neck, a pair of silver armbands, a plumed headdress, nose and ear rings, and a scarlet shroud around his shoulders. He holds across his chest, in his right hand, a smoking pipe, adorned with feathers.
Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan
signed and dated: at right: "F. Bartoli. / New York. / 1796"
Wettenkampf, Frank, "How Indians were Pictured in Earlier Days," The New-York Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 33, no. 4, October 1949, p. 217.
Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. I, 1974, p. 427.
Ledes, Allison Eckhardt Ledes, "Current and coming," The Magazine Antiques, January 2005, p. 16.
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