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The Chief of the Little Osages

Artist:
Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839)
Artist:
After Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770–1852)
Date:
1811–ca. 1813
Medium:
Watercolor and black chalk on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
8 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (21 x 15.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1942
Accession Number:
42.95.31
Not on view
This portrait is a copy after Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin’s "Chief of the Little Osages" (1804–7; New-York Historical Society). Svinin reproduced the details of the sitter’s beaded wampum ear-drops, silver ear rim bands, shaved scalp, and dyed lock of hair while adding a nose ring and intricate facial tattooing.
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