Bust of an American Indian

A work made of bronze on bronze plinth.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of bronze on bronze plinth.

Date:

Modeled 1848/49, cast 1849

Artist:

Henry Kirke Brown
American, 1814–1886

About this artwork

Most mid-19th-century artists relied on romantic, often inaccurate conceptions of Native Americans, yet some, including Henry Kirke Brown, traveled west hoping to attain firsthand knowledge of their subjects. In September and October 1848, Brown journeyed to Michigan—then the American frontier—to create models of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians in preparation for a sculpture commissioned by the American Art Union. The resulting miniature portrait bust reveals the artist’s careful attention to details of physiognomy and hair; the figure thus displays a sympathetic naturalism and commanding nobility of presence.

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American Art

Artist

Henry Kirke Brown

Title

Bust of an American Indian

Origin

United States

Date

1848–1849

Medium

Bronze on bronze plinth

Dimensions

20.3 × 8.6 × 6 cm (8 × 3 3/8 × 2 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Roger and J. Peter McCormick Endowments

Reference Number

2003.44

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