Apauly-Tustennuggee

  • Unidentified, Charles Bird King, Apauly-Tustennuggee, 1825, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, 1985.66.387,322

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From 1824 to 1830, Thomas McKenney served as US Superintendent of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC, and during his tenure developed a government collection of portraits of prominent Native Americans who visited the city as delegates of their tribes. McKenney commissioned a well-known Washington portraitist, Charles Bird King, to paint the leaders of about twenty Native American tribes. This painting is a copy of King's portrait of Apauly-Tustennuggee, who was a member of the Creek delegation that challenged the validity of the Treaty of Indian Springs of 1825, which demanded the cession of all Creek lands in the state of Georgia in exchange for cash payments. McKenney described Apauly-Tustennuggee as "a chief and a warrior . . . a firm, brave man–and of good sense." (James D. Horan, The McKenney-Hall Portrait Gallery of American Indians, 1972)

Title
Apauly-Tustennuggee
Artists
Date
1825
On View
Dimensions
30 1/2 x 25 3/8 in. (77.5 x 64.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the National Museum of Natural History, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – South American
  • Ethnic – Indian – Creek
  • Portrait male – Apauly Tustennuggee
Object Number
1985.66.387,322
Palette
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