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Artist King, Charles Bird
Title TAH-CHEE (A CHEROKEE CHIEF)
Date 1838-1843
Medium color lithograph
Catalog Number 1965.13
Collection Art of the American West
Object Name Print
Credit line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Grand
Didactic Information May 2013:
Known for his portrait paintings, King was commissioned by the US Government to render the likenesses of Native American Chiefs that visited Washington, D.C. The artist worked for the government for twenty years amassing dozens of portraits. In 1865 a fire at the Smithsonian Museum destroyed all but a few of the original paintings. Tah-Chee is just one of the lithographs standing as an artistic record derived from King's works.