Portrait of an American Indian Girl of Ballston Springs, New York
Graphite on paper
Overall: 8 1/8 x 6 3/8 in. ( 20.6 x 16.2 cm )
inscription: lower, ink: "Sauvage de Balston [sic] Spring. 1807. Juillet."
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "Sauvage de Balston[sic] Spring. 1807. Juillet."
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. Her earrings, her typically Iroquis moccasins and her physiognomy all suggest that she is an Indian. Such a stiff hat, however, often with a silver band, was much in favor at Onondaga later in the century. Another portrait, showing the girl's head and face 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.