William Berczy

Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)

c. 1807
It was possibly the death of the famous Mohawk leader Thayendanegea that prompted Berczy to paint this classically inspired portrait. It shows the model standing and in profile, his outstretched arm evoking authority. The figure appears monumental – an effect emphasized by the low horizon line – while each detail of the clothing has been rendered with documentary precision. Depicting Thayendanegea against an imaginary landscape, the image is dominated by tones of red and green.
Title
Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)
Date
c. 1807
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
61.8 x 46.1 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1951
Accession number
5777

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