Portrait of an American Indian Girl of Ballston Springs, New York
Watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and touches of gouache and black and brown ink on paper
Overall: 7 1/4 x 5 3/4 in. ( 18.4 x 14.6 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
inscription: lower, ink: "Savage de Balston [sic] Spring"
Inscribed at lower center outside image in brown ink: "Sauvage de Balston[sic] Spring."
This is a portrait of a sitting Indian girl. It has been suggested that she is a Mohawk but, judging from the baron's memoires, she might be a Stockbridge Indian. Another portrait, dated 1807, showing the girl in a full-length seated pose is also in the Society's collection.
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.