"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hendrick Tejonihokarawa

This 1710 mezzotint, "Tee Yee Neen Ho Ga Row Emperour of the Six Nations" by John Simon, after a painting by John Verelst, hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washingoton, DC.
"'Hendrick' Tejonihokarawa was one of the Mohawk leaders, or sachems, who traveled to Queen Anne's court in the spring of 1710 to request British support in territorial battles against the French. He is often confused with sachem Hendrick Peters Theyanoguin (c. 1691-1755). Recent scholarship discusses these two powerful individuals' joint efforts to negotiate a place for the Mohawk and the Iroquois Confederacy in the volatile North Atlantic world.

Tejonihokarawa's visit to England was documented in multiple painted portraits that Queen Anne com­missioned from John Verelst, among others, and dis­seminated widely in prints such as this mezzotint by John Simon. Tejonihokarawa is presented here as a diplomat and peacemaker, holding a wampum belt rather than a weapon." -- National Portrait Gallery
Tee Yee Neen Ho Ga Row Emperour of the Six Nations,
I. Verelst pinx, I. Simon Fec.
Sold at the Rainbow and Dove the corner of Ivey bridge in the Strand.

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