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JOSEPH BRANDT

Oil on canvas, 1786
23 1/2 x 24 in. (59.7 x 61 cm)
The Northumberland Estates, Alnwick Castle; collection of the Duke of Northumberland
SY.11


In 1786, Stuart's patron the second Duke of Northumberland asked him to paint a visiting dignitary from North America, Joseph Brant (1743–1807) whose given Mohawk name was Thayendanegea. Stuart captured precisely the persona Brant strove to project: he exemplifies the noble savage, an Iroquois statesman decorated by the British. Yet his poignant facial expression seems to acknowledge the obvious equivocation in the king's promises of protection for his people and their land.


GALLERY:  1. Stuart in Newport & Scotland  |  2. Stuart in London  |  3. Stuart in Dublin  |  4. Stuart in New York
  5. Stuart in Philadelphia  |  6. George Washington Gallery  |  7. Stuart in Washington, D.C.   |  8. Stuart in Boston

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