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    James Otto Lewis Print: CHAT-O-NIS-SEE: A Pottowattomie Chief. Hand colored, 11.50" x 19". Painted "at the treaty of Fort Wayne by J. O. Lewis 1827." Lithographed by Lehman & Duval. James Lewis, born in Michigan, began painting Native Americans in 1823. Between 1825 and 1828, the United States Indian Department commissioned him to attend treaty ceremonies. While at these ceremonies, Lewis rendered portraits and interviewed chiefs and subsequently published the first collection of native North American portraits, the North American Aboriginal Port-Folio.

    Lithographers George Lehman and Peter S. Duval worked together as a firm in Philadelphia from 1835 until 1837, when Lehman left the firm and the name was changed. The Pottawatomi lived in the upper Mississippi River region until their lands were gradually take away by treaties such as the Treaty of Fort Wayne. Contains some minor dampstains in the left margin. Near very fine. From the U. I. "Chick" and Cecilia Harris Collection.


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