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Artist: Charles Bird King, American, 1785–1862

Chief No-Cush (No-Cush)

ca. 1830

Oil and watercolor over graphite pencil, varnished, on ivory

2 5/8 × 2 1/16 in. (6.7 × 5.2 cm)
Lelia A. and John Hill Morgan, B.A. 1893, LL.B. 1896, M.A. (Hon.) 1929, Collection
1940.505
This portrait of No-Cush is the only miniature by easel painter Charles Bird King. Like his other portraits of Native Americans, this image was painted during his time at the War Department, which commissioned him to take likenesses of Native American delegations visiting Washington, D.C., on diplomatic missions. The sitter wears a silver peace medal, a medallion given to Native American chiefs by both trading companies and the United States government as a token of good will and mutual trust.
Geography: 
Made in United States
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Miniatures
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