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Amiskquew, The Spoon

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Amiskquew, The Spoon

Artist: Charles Bird King (American, 1785 - 1862)

Date: c. 1831
Medium: oil on wood
Dimensions:
17 3/8 x 13 5/8 inches (44.1 x 34.6 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: Amiskquew Menomine Warrior The Spoon Painted by C. B. King Washington 18(31) (reverse covered when restored)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 1982
Object number: 31.212.4
Accession Number: 1982.115.0
Label Text:Amiskquew visited Washington, D.C. in 1830-1831 as a delegation member from the Menominee tribe. Thomas L. McKenney, the first head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, commissioned portraits of Indian leaders for an archive for the government. Charles Bird King painted Amiskquew’s portrait for the Indian Gallery assembled by McKenney. King then painted a replica (this painting) for himself. The government’s Indian Gallery perished in a fire in the Smithsonian in 1865, leaving King’s replicas as rare examples of his work.
Provenance: Charles Bird King [1785-1862]; bequeathed before 1859 to Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island; sold May 21, 1970 (Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York ); purchased through (Kennedy Galleries, New York) by The Warner Collection, Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama owned until 1982; purchased December 1, 1982 through (Gerald Peters, Santa Fe, New Mexico) by the Nelda C. and H.J Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art