George Romney

Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)

1776
During the American Revolutionary War, the Mohawk leader Joseph Brant (1742-1807) was given the rank of captain and fought on the side of the British. This portrait was painted on the occasion of Brant's trip to England to negotiate the role of the Iroquois Confederation of the Six Nations in the conflict. He wears the silver gorget (a piece of armour for the throat) presented to him by George III. His Mohawk name, Thayendanegea, means "two sticks bound together", denoting strength. Frame: running moulding with carved ornament, gilded. Britain, second hald 18th century
Title
Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)
Date
1776
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
127 x 101.6 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
Accession number
8005