We spent the day of New Year’s Eve touring the Go West show at the High Museum in Atlanta. Included are several important pieces by Bierstadt, Moran, Remington, and N.C. Wyeth among others.
Coosa-Tustunnuggee (Creek), ca. 1831-1834
Oil on canvas
Collection of Ann and Tom Cousins, Atlanta, Georgia
Between 1821 and 1828, Thomas McKenney, Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, commissioned portraits of Native American leaders on their visits to Washington, DC, to negotiate for tribal sovereignty. These twenty-four portraits of mostly southern leaders originally were hung en masse with dozens of other paintings as the Indian Gallery. Many of the tribes represented by the leaders pictured here were relocated in the wake of the Indian Removal Act (1830) that forced the western migration of southeastern tribes.