The Chief of the Little Osages

Pavel Petrovich Svinin Russian
After Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin French

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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.

The Chief of the Little Osages, Pavel Petrovich Svinin (1787/88–1839), Watercolor and black chalk on off-white wove paper, American

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