Oneida Family

Object Number: 
1953.215
Date: 
1807
Medium: 
Watercolor, graphite, Conté crayon, brown ink, and brown gouache on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 5/16 x 7 9/16 in. (13.5 x 19.2 cm), irregular mat: 11 x 14 in. ( 27.9 x 35.6 cm )
Marks: 
Inscribed at lower left outside image in brown ink: "Envoyé à Mde Boisgrand."
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at lower left outside image in brown ink: "Envoyé à Mde Boisgrand."
Description: 
Figures
Gallery Label: 
This scene of an Indian family on an autumn hunt was probably sketched near Utica, New York in the fall of 1807. The father has a deer slung over his shoulders and uses a bow for balance; the mother is in the center and a small boy is at the left. The drawing perfectly illustrates the baron's comment in his memoirs on the traditional division of labor between the sexes of the natives: "The men do nothing, while the women are always encumbered with cultivating the earth..."
Credit Line: 
Purchase
Provenance: 
De Neuville family, France; E. De Vries, Paris, 1928; Columbia University Press Book Store, NYC, 1929; Old Print Shop, NYC, 1953
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group