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Ko-rak-koo-kiss, a Towoccono Warrior

1844 John Mix Stanley Born: Canandaigua, New York 1814 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872 oil on canvas 25 x 30 1/4 in. (63.5 x 76.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Misses Henry 1985.66.248,931 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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John Mix Stanley painted this portrait while at Fort Gibson, in the northeast corner of what is now Oklahoma. He first visited Fort Gibson in 1842 and returned two years later. All of the portraits he made there were destroyed by fire, except for this one. (Schimmel, “John Mix Stanley and the Imagery of the West in the Nineteenth Century.” PhD diss., 1983) This highly staged and idealized image shows the warrior posed dramatically on his stallion, which, suspended in the air, looks more like a rocking horse than a live animal.

Keywords

Animal - horse

Ethnic - Indian - Towoccono

Figure(s) in exterior - frontier

Landscape - plain

Portrait male - Ko-Rak-Koo-Kiss

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About John Mix Stanley

Born: Canandaigua, New York 1814 Died: Detroit, Michigan 1872

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