"Savage" Chief (Osage Warrior [after St. Memin])
Watercolor, graphite, charcoal, and brown ink on an oval sheet laid on larger sheet
Overall: 7 7/8 x 6 in. ( 20 x 15.2 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
inscription: lower, ink: "Sauvage chef" inscription: upper right: "43"
Inscribed at lower center in brown ink: "Savage chef"
This portrait was copied by the baroness from an uninscribed watercolor and chalk study (6 3/8 x 8 1/4) by Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/8-1839), a Russian artist who served as secretary to the Russian consul-general in the United States from 1811 to 1813, in the Drawings Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
De Neuville family, France; E. De Vries, Paris, 1928; Columbia University Press Book Store, NYC, 1929; Old Print Shop, NYC, 1953
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