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O-HYA-WA-NIM-CE-KEE or the Yellow Thunder. A Chippeway Chief.

  • ARTIST: James Otto Lewis

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Philadelphia.

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph, hand-colored,

    DATE: 1834-36.

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 16 1/4 x 10 1/2" (412 x 266 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Painted by J.O. Lewis at the Treaty of Fond du Lak, 1826., Hand-colored lithograph by Lehman & Duval. The Aboriginal Port-Folio of James Otto Lewis was, as he himself advertised, the first attempt to publish a portrait series of Indians involved in the treaty-making of the 1820s and early 1830s. Lewis was hired by the federal government to accompany Gov. Lewis Cass of Michigan to the treaty sites to make a visual record. Despite the historic importance of Lewis' artistic legacy, it was eclipsed shortly after its publication in 1834-36 by the more polished productions of George Catlin and McKenney and Hall. Precisely because of the Port-Folio's commercial failure, complete sets are rare today and even individual plates are scarce.


  • CONDITION: Good condition. Original hand coloring.

  • REFERENCE: Howes, U.S.iana, L-315.