King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862

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Artist noted for his Indian portraits.

Trained at the Royal Academy by Benjamin West, King in 1819 opened a studio in Washington, D.C. During 1821-1822 he began to paint portraits of visiting Indians for Thomas McKenney, superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. One of these first portraits was of Petalesharo (called Terrekitauahu by King), a Loup Pawnee chief who was visiting Washington as part of an Indian delegation led by Indian agent Benjamin O'Fallon.

From the description of Terrekitauahu (Generous Chief or the Giver) [graphic] : a Loup Pawnee chief who prevented his nation burning a female captive in 1819, 1822. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 41672948

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associatedWith Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824. person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Art Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
correspondedWith Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Newsam, Albert, 1809-1864. person
associatedWith Petalesharo, Pawnee chief, ca. 1796-ca. 1832 person
associatedWith Stevenson, Mary Pasco Conrad person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Indians in art
Pawnee Indians--Portraits
Indians of North America--Portraits
Pawnee Indians--Pictorial works
Indians of North America--Pictorial works


Birth 1785-09-26

Death 1862-03-18




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