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E. Tow O Koam Coning van de Rivier Volkeren. Ein der vier Indische Koningen die den 2 Mai 1710 zur audientie geadmittiert bey Ihre Britanische Mt zu Londen verlangen assistentz gegen die Franzoissen in America, zwieschen Neu Engelland und Canada etc.
Amsterdam 1710 - Mezzotint engraving by Schenk after Faber, on laid paper. Trimmed close to the platemark and remargined. Plate mark: 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 9 x 7 inches. Rare contemporary engraved portrait of Etow Oh Koam, one of the Four Indian Kings who traveled to London in 1710 to meet with Queen Anne. In 1710, a delegation of four Native American leaders, three Mohawk from the Iroquois alliance (Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow of the Bear Clan, called King of Maguas); Ho Nee Yeath Taw No Row of the Wolf Clan, called King of Canajoharie; and Tee Yee Ho Ga Row, of the Wolf Clan, also called King Hendrick) and one Mohican from the Algonquin nations (Etow Oh Koam of the Turtle Clan), traveled to the Court of Queen Anne in London. Arranged by by Pieter Schuyler, mayor of Albany, New York, the delegation traveled to London with British military leaders seeking support against the French and their allied Native interests in North America. To commemorate the visit, Queen Anne commissioned John Verelst, a Dutch portrait artist residing in London, to paint their official portraits. They are the earliest known surviving oil portraits from life of Native people of North America. Although the Verelst portraits (and the subsequent mezzontint engravings based on the portraits by John Simon) are the most well known images, they were not the only portraits of the Four Kings done in London at the time. Following Verelst, the Four Kings were drawn by John Faber, the elder (1660-1721), a noted portraitist and printseller in London. Although the original Faber drawings are lost, the series was issued in mezzotint by Faber in 1710. The present Dutch engraving by Schenk is based on Faber's version, though is depicted in reverse. All contemporary images of the Four Kings are rare and desirable. W.M.E. Cooke, The Four Indian Kings (Public Archives of Canada exhibition catalogue), Ottawa, 1977, p.6, no.11; B. Robertson, Portraits of the Kings, 1985, E7(c).
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