Sun-A-Get or Hard-Times, A Pottawatomie Chief


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Aboriginal Portfolio

This originally hand-colored lithograph is from rarest collection of Indian plates by James Otto Lewis’s Aboriginal Portfolio. It was the first collection of portraits of North American Indians preceding both Catlin and McKenney & Hall’s works. Lehman & Duval published the Portfolio in Philadelphia between 1835 and 1836.

Lewis’s work was also the first large work to deal with a subject beyond the East Coast and also one of the earliest American lithography projects. Lewis painted Indians on his travels with Michigan Governor Lewis Cass. They went on four Indian treaty expeditions in the Great Lakes regions. Unfortunately, like McKenney & Hall’s work, Lewis’s original paintings were destroyed in the Smithsonian fire of 1865.

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