Fair American Indian Man of the Buffalo Tribe, Canisteo, New York

Object Number: 
1953.219
Date: 
1808
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, and charcoal on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. ( 18.4 x 18.4 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower right in brown ink: "the fair-indian / of the buffalo tribe / drawn to canisteo 8 bre / 1808 --"
Description: 
Portrait
Gallery Label: 
The white mother of this half-blood son may have been Mary Jemison (1743-1833) who was captured in 1758 an adopted in girlhood by Indians with hom she thereafter lived, and was known as the "White Woman of the Genesee." This may possibly be her son Jesse (1776/7-1812), or her grandson Jacob who entered Dartmouth College in 1816, aged twenty-seven.
Bibliography: 
Koke, 1980, vol. 2, p. 201, discusses the Mary Jemison connection Kasprycki, Sylvia S., and Feest, Christian, trans. "On the Trails of the Iroquois." Berlin: Nicolai, 2013.
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
De Neuville family, France; E. De Vries, Paris, 1928; Columbia University Press Book Store, NYC, 1929; Old Print Shop, NYC, 1953
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group