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Colored portrait of Tecumseh wearing a British uniform with epaulets and a medallion of King George III
Original Author: Attributed to Owen Staples, based on images by Benson John Lossing and Pierre le Dru
Created: 1915 watercolor, based on 1868 engraving, based on 1808 sketch
Medium: Watercolor on platinum print

Portrait of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh

Shawnee chief Tecumseh sports a nose ring, wears a British uniform with epaulets, and has a medallion of King George III draped around his neck in this 1915 watercolor print. Tecumseh was a late-eighteenth to early-nineteenth century orator, warrior, and native leader from present-day Ohio who tried to thwart American expansion into ancestral native lands.

The original version of this image was a sketch by Pierre le Dru, a French portrait painter and fur trader, that depicted Tecumseh in native garb and without the nose ring. A subsequent 1868 engraving by Benson John Lossing—who never met Tecumseh—arrayed the native leader in military garb and nose ring. This 1915 colored version was based on the Lossing engraving.

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