The Dying Tecumseh

  • Ferdinand Pettrich, The Dying Tecumseh, modeled ca. 1837-1846, carved 1856, marble with painted copper alloy tomahawk, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Capitol, 1916.8.1

The Dying Tecumseh
modeled ca. 1837-1846, carved 1856
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36 5/8 x 77 5/8 x 53 3/4 in. (93.1 x 197.2 x 136.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the U.S. Capitol

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marble with painted copper alloy tomahawk
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • State of being – death
  • Figure male – full length
  • Portrait male – Tecumseh
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  • To mark the bicentennial of Tecumseh's death and celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, curator Karen Lemmey leads a gallery talk highlighting Ferdinand Pettrich's sculpture, The Dying Tecumseh. Following the talk, R. David Edmunds, Watson Professor of American History at the University of Texas at Dallas and author of Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership, joins Lemmey to discuss the Shawnee war chief and the myth and memory of this sculpture, once displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Renée Gokey (Eastern Shawnee/Sac-n-Fox), educator at the National Museum of the American Indian, will read an excerpt from one of Tecumseh's greatest speeches in Shawnee and in English.

    Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian.