• Creator
  • Thomas Hicks, 18 Oct 1823 - 8 Oct 1890
  • Created Date
  • 1868
  • Description
  • Born Canoga, New York. In the American Revolution, Seneca chief Sagoyewatha fought for the British, who gave him the name “Red Jacket” because he wore their red coat. In his dealings with the new American republic, he excelled as a negotiator for his tribe. George Washington presented him with a peace medal, which can be seen in many of his portraits. Sagoyewatha convinced the Seneca Indians in New York to fight on the American side in the War... more
    Born Canoga, New York. In the American Revolution, Seneca chief Sagoyewatha fought for the British, who gave him the name “Red Jacket” because he wore their red coat. In his dealings with the new American republic, he excelled as a negotiator for his tribe. George Washington presented him with a peace medal, which can be seen in many of his portraits. Sagoyewatha convinced the Seneca Indians in New York to fight on the American side in the War of 1812. Although in his sixties, he fought bravely at the battles of Fort George and Chippawa, clearing his reputation of earlier charges of cowardice during the Revolutionary War. The heavy Indian casualties on both sides at Chippawa led Sagoyewatha to negotiate with Seneca and Iroquois chiefs, leading to the withdrawal of both tribes from the conflict. (M. Knoedler purchased NPG 2002. Note: Inscribed on reverse: Copied 1868 by Thomas Hicks for Mr. Isaac Sherman from the original painted by R. W. Wier 1828”. Note: According to Sotheby’s sale catalog: (M. Knoedler (Kennedy Galleries, New York); (Gallery of the Masters, St. Louis); Sydney Melville Schoenberg, Jr. less
  • Format
  • Oil on canvas
  • Rights
  • National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution