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    Kiowa Ledger Drawing by Etahdleuh Doanmoe
    c. 1878





    mixed media, titled at the bottom with pencil in the artist's hand: The Indians coming from Fort Marion St. Augustine Florida, to Hampton, VA April 1878

    Provenance:
    Acquired by Alicia "Alice" Key Pendleton, daughter of Frances Scott Key, niece of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, and wife of George Hunt Pendleton, and their daughter Jane, during winter vacations at Saint Augustine, Florida, 1875-78.

    Dimensions: 16 ½ x 12 ½ inches

    Compare this to Etahdleuh's 1877 drawing of three other sailing ships (Beinecke Library, Yale University, Cat. No. WA MSS S-1174, P. 34): See image here.


    Although by 1878, Etahdleuh had three years' of experience observing ships passing below the walls of Fort Marion along the Matanzas River, the detail of the three completely different vessels, here, is remarkable. Compare the center vessel with the Florida coastal steamship "City of Jacksonville," built in 1883: See image here.


    This drawing was made in Virginia, after the sea journey. Was Etahdleuh's visual memory that acute? Or did he perhaps carry a sketchbook on the ocean journey to Hampton? Also remarkable is his careful, and completely successful, depiction of the troughs between ocean waves. Note the two groups of three, distant sea birds floating on the water, and two others flying in the middle distance. These evidence the eyes of a man trained to spot buffalo five miles away, being put to newer tasks.

    Mike Cowdrey
    May 15, 2018


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