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Portrait of a Mi'kmaw

2011.117.1 (RS138989)

Description

Watercolor on paper portrait of a Native American (Mi'kmaq) man in a brimmed hat, blue tunic, silver gorget around his neck, blue leggings and quilled moccasins steps over the rim of his birch bark canoe on to the shore. He carries a gun in his right hand. He smokes a pipe and looks into the distance. Behind him is a blue body of water with a tall masted ship to the right at the horizon. Patches of green grass and a jumble of brown rocks are in the extreme foreground. At the center base of the work is a pencilled title. At the far lower right is the artist's pencil signature. See "Inscriptions" section for details.

Details

Maker
Sprague, Isaac, 1811-1895 (Artist)
Date
ca. 1845-1850
Inscriptions
"I Sprague" (handwritten)
"Mic Mac Indian and Canoe" (handwritten)
"June 29 1969/Today I went down/to visit with Priscilla/Sprague niece (/) of Isaac/Sprague, artist. She gave me several things [illegible] to Isaac Sprague/ making this Indian watercolor/ [signature cut off]" (handwritten)
Material
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
Painting
paintings (visual works)
paper (fiber product)
watercolor (paint)
watercolors (paintings)
Dimensions
6 3/4 x 4 7/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2011.117.1
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
256197

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