Charles Deas (1818-1867)
Charles Deas (1818-1867)
Charles Deas (1818-1867)
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CHARLES DEAS (1818-1867)

Figure Group of Sioux

Details
CHARLES DEAS (1818-1867)
Figure Group of Sioux
oil on paper laid down on board
sheet, 7 1⁄4 x 6 in. (18.4 x 15.2 cm.)
Painted circa 1845.
Provenance
Ambassador J. William Middendorf II, Washington, D.C.
James Maroney, Inc., New York, acquired from the above, 1984.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Luckett, Jr., Boulder, Colorado, acquired from the above, 1984.
Sotheby's, New York, 3 December 1987, lot 127, sold by the above.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
Literature
C. Clark, American Frontier Life: Early Western Paintings and Prints, New York, 1987, p. 64, fig. 37, illustrated (as Figure Group).
C. Clark, Charles Deas and 1840s America, Norman, Oklahoma, 2009, p. 197, no. 62, illustrated.
Exhibited
Indianapolis, Indiana, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, American Traditons: Art from the Collections of Culver Alumni, December 12, 1993-March 6, 1994.

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Lot Essay

The present sketch relates to Charles Deas' oil Indian Group of 1845 in the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth, Texas. Indian Group likely depicts a group of Sioux, whom the artist possibly encountered during his experience on Clifton Wharton's expedition of 1844 to visit the Pawnee villages of Nebraska.

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