McKenney & Hall. “Red
Jacket, A Seneca War Chief,” 1834 [Horan 116]. Folio
edition from the painting by Charles Bird King, with text page.
Lithograph with exquisite bright original hand color. Sheet size: 20
x 14 1/4". Right edge of sheet is unevenly trimmed and has minor
glue residue where formerly bound into portfolio, not affecting
image. Overall fine.
“Red Jacket was no
fabled warrior,” writes James Horan. “His favorite weapon
was his eloquence, never a musket. Colonel McKenney compared him to
Cicero, a man who better understood how to lead his countrymen to war
instead of leading them into battle. He first appeared as the
spokesman of his people during the 1786 great council of the
confederated Indians held at the mouth of the Detroit River. The Six
Nations above all Indian nations were lovers of intelligence and
eloquence. The notes of that treaty described his address as a
‘masterpiece of oratory,’ and the oratorical powers of
Red Jacket were compared to the Virginian John Randolph, whose silver
voice and brilliance never failed to cast a spell over the Senate. .
. . [Red Jacket] died January 20, 1830, in a small clapboard house in
the Seneca village.”
Ref.: James D. Horan,
The McKenney-Hall Portrait Gallery of American Indians (New
York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1972).