"Good Peter," Chief of the Oneida Indians (ca. 1717-1793) Artist: John Trumbull (American, 1756–1843)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 2nd floor, American Art before 1900

Oneida Chief Peter Agwrongdougwas, or "Good Peter," whom John Trumbull described as a "Great Orator as well as warrior," acted as one of the Six Nations spokesmen during their 1792 visit to Philadelphia, where he was an eloquent advocate for his people's land rights.


Oil on wood


4 1/8 × 3 1/4 in. (10.5 × 8.3 cm)

Credit Line

Trumbull Collection

Accession Number



18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • Aaron Deter-Wolf and Carol Diaz-Granados, eds., Drawing with Great Needles Ancient Tattoo Traditions of North America (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013), 122, fig. 4.17
  • Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 21, 105, no. 47, ill
  • Alan Taylor, The Divided Ground (United States of America: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), 150, ill
  • Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 145, pl. 91-95
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Object/Work type

miniatures (paintings), portraits


Signed verso: "Good Peter/a Chief at the Six Nations/and Great Orator. as well as Warrior. aged 75./Painted by J. Trumbull/in Philadelphia--1792."

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