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Sigennok or "The Blackbird"

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Sigennok or "The Blackbird"

Artist: Paul Kane (Canadian, 1810 - 1871)

Date: 1845
Medium: oil on paper
Dimensions:
10 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches (27.6 x 21 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Inscribed: 25 / 162 PK / 1922 (reverse); 4 (upper center); 62 (lower right); Sig-in-nook/Black Bird / Ojib-wah Chief (lower center)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.78.164
Catalogue Raisonne: III 58
Accession Number: 1965.2.984
EOP-Eastern Oil Painting: eop1
Label Text:"The principal chief here [Manetouawning] is Sigennok; he is an acute and intelligent Indian; he is appointed to distribute to his tribe their due share of the presents annually consigned to them. He receives a salary from the British Government as interpreter." Kane, Wanderings, Chapter I
Provenance: Artist; by descent to his grandson, Paul Kane III [1889-1958], Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; purchased September 17, 1957 through (Edward Eberstadt & Sons, New York, New York) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
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Terms
  • Manitoulin Island