Pencil Drawing on Paper, a Profile Portrait of a Native Canadian Micmac Indian

Pencil Drawing on Paper, a Profile Portrait of a Native Canadian Micmac Indian

1800 to 1900 Canada

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A Pencil Drawing on Paper, a Profile Portrait of a Native Canadian Micmac Indian
By Major General Henry Dunn O’Halloran
Entitled in pencil ‘Louis Julian Micmac Indian of Miramachi’
Circa 1840

Size: 23cm high, 19cm wide – 9 ins high, 7½ ins wide
cf A Very similar drawing entitled ‘Louis Julian Miramachi Indian’ together with a collection of others, one dated 1841, all by O’Halloran was sold at Christies, 21st Sept 2005
Major General Henry Dunn O’Halloran was with the 69th (The South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot on active service in New Brunswick, Canada, from 1839 – 42. He studied the customs and language of the Micmac Indians and taught himself to read their written texts. In a letter to the lieutenant governor Sir William Colebroke he writes; ‘I have applied myself assiduously during our visit to the several settlements to the study of the micmac language ….. my printed version of the Lord’s Prayer has been put into the hands of about fifty Indians, some of whom can read it tolerably well’. He made many notes and drawings of individual members of the tribe, which are identical in style and execution to this interesting example.
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