Portrait of Peter of Buffalo, Tonawanda, New York, possibly chief Tall Peter, or Peter Blacksnake

Object Number: 
1953.220
Date: 
1807
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, and charcoal on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 7 1/2 x 9 in. ( 19 x 22.9 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: lower, ink: "tonaventa Peter de Bufalo [sic]/dessine en allant a Niagara"
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "tonaventa Peter . de Bufalo[sic] / Dessiné en allant à Niagara"
Description: 
Portrait
Gallery Label: 
The de Neuvilles visited Niagara Falls on September 1, 1807, and it must have been on this occasion that Madame de Neuville sketched Peter of Buffalo at nearby Tonawanda, N.Y. Dr. William N. Fenton suggests that this may be Tall Peter of Buffalo Creek, who joined the Christian church in 1823 and was one of the most active chiefs in promoting the 1838 sale of Indian lands in northwestern New York. Ethel Brant Montour suggests that it is Peter Blacksnake, the Seneca chief.
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