Portrait of a Mi'kmaw

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

ca. 1845-1850

GUSN

GUSN-256197

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

Descriptive Terms

paintings (visual works)
watercolors (paintings)
watercolor (paint)
paper (fiber product)
Painting

Inscription

"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)

Additional Identification Number

389.1

Maker

Sprague, Isaac, 1811-1895 (Artist)

Dimensions

6 3/4 x 4 7/8 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

2011.117.1