Thursday, January 6, 2011

18th Century Painting of Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow, Mohawk Chief

Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow (baptized Brant), King of the Maquas, 1710
John Verelst (circa 1648-1734)
oil on canvas ; 91.5 x 64.3 (support).

Custodial history Commissioned for the court of Queen Anne, the paintings appear to have passed from the Royal Collection into the collection of the Petre family of Kent, sometime in the 1830s, and thence continued by family descent to the vendor.

Collection consists of four portraits by Dutch artist (working in England) John Verelst. Commissioned by Queen Anne, they depict four Haudenosaunee delegates, who travelled to London as ambassadors of the Five Nations Confederacy. They are: Tejonihokarawa (baptized Hendrick), named Tee Yee Neen Ho Ga Row, Emperor of the Six Nations; Onigoheriago (baptized John), named Ho Nee Yeath Taw No Row, King of the Generethgarich; Sagayenkwaraton (baptized Brant), named Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow, King of the Maquas (Mohawk) and Etowaucum (baptized Nicholas), named Etow Oh Koam, King of the River Nation.

Please click here to view the source, 'Library and Archives Canada.'

Taking all this a step further, you may wish to check the website 'Vanishing Tattoo.Com. Please click here. The editor of this website states that the subject is the grandfather of Joseph Brant, respected Mohawk leader, whom the city of Brantford, Ontario was named after.

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