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Indian Women Playing Ball on the Prairie

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Indian Women Playing Ball on the Prairie

Artist: Seth Eastman (American, 1808 - 1875)

Date: 1848
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
25 1/2 x 35 inches (64.8 x 88.9 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1982
Object number: 31.15.4
Accession Number: 1982.7
Label Text:Seth Eastman was a military officer stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota Territory, in the years 1841-1848. Living near the Dakota and Ojibwa Indians, he was able to observe and paint scenes of their daily lives. In his painting of Indian women playing lacrosse he depicted a prairie fire burning in the distance. The clouds of smoke accentuate the action and drama on the field.
Provenance: Purchased 1849 by the American Art-Union, New York for $75 for their December 1849 distribution; drawn by Benjamin Blake Minor, Richmond, Virginia, no. 16362; by inheritance to his daughter; purchased December 1922 by David I. Bushnell, Jr.; 1941 legacy of David I. Bushnell via the estate of his mother Belle J. Bushnell to The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; (Gerald Peters, Santa Fe, New Mexico) purchased January 29, 1982 by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Western Classics: Highlights from the Collection
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