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Mo-Hon-Go an Osage woman.
Selling price: $800
Sold in 2008
Delaunay presented himself as a representative of the United States Government and friend of William Clark and Manuel Lisa who was to accompany Osage representatives to Washington, D.C.
Instead, he took them to Europe where he toured them as a primitive wild west show. He abandoned them in Paris. Lafayette learned of their plight and paid their return passage. Before arriving in Norfolk, Virginia, Mohongo's husband died of smallpox.
The Osage were rescued from Norfolk and brought to Washington, D.C. in 1830 at McKenney's direction.
King painted Mohongo's portrait there before her return to the Osage Nation.
From McKenney & Hall's History of the Indian Tribes, perhaps the most important work ever published on North American Indians.
Published by F.W.Greenough, Philadelphia and printed on the original full folio sheet.
Thomas Lorraine McKenney was Superintendent of Indian Affairs under presidents Madison, Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Jackson. As a result of his keen interest in the customs and beliefs of the Indian tribes under his jurisdiction, he commissioned Charles Bird King and several other artists to paint the portraits of Indians whom he had met or had heard about. With the help of James Hall, a frontier lawyer, judge, newspaper editor, and author, McKenney assembled the portraits into a coherent representation of Indian life, lore, and costume.
Published as a three-volume portfolio between 1836 and 1842, the hand-colored lithographs after the paintings are among the only portraits remaining of this early generation of Indian warriors, statesmen, medicine men, and commoners.
The original paintings, which were on display in the Smithsonian Institution, were destroyed by fine in 1865.
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