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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843

“Good Peter,” Chief of the Oneida Indians (ca. 1717-1793)


Oil on wood

4 1/8 × 3 1/4 in. (10.5 × 8.3 cm)
Trumbull Collection

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.

Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
On view
18th century

Alan Taylor, The Divided Ground (United States of America: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006), 150, ill.

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.

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.

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.

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