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Painting Indians and Building Empires in North America, 1710-1840 - William H. Truettner

Painting Indians and Building Empires in North America, 1710-1840

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Published: 15th September 2010
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Shortly after the first encounters between the Europeans who first explored and settled North America and the indigenous people, the Europeans began a visual record of their neighbors. Fascinated by these New World inhabitants, Euro-American artists expanded this enterprise, slowly at first but with increasing momentum in the years before and especially after the American Revolution. By the mid-nineteenth century, as this study reveals, a remarkable survey of Indian life in North America east of the Rocky Mountains had been compiled. Yet the purpose of these images has never been fully explored. Were they simply a historical record of the young nation moving westward---of native peoples seen at the end of their heyday, when their tribal homelands were slowly being overrun by white settlers? Or did images of Indian life fulfill other objectives for those who commissioned or painted them? In this book William H. Truettner argues that these images often discreetly encouraged efforts, first by the British and then by the Americans, to expand white hegemony across North America. Truettner's informed, accessible reading of paintings by artists such as Benjamin West, Gilbert Stuart, Charles Bird King, and George Catlin relate these images to social and political events of the time and tell us much about how North American tribes would fare as they fought to survive during the second half of the nineteenth century.

"Truettner has produced a scholarly work of enduring value that should be in all academic and museum libraries." Arlis/Na Reviews "[A] tight and carefully argued book." Choice

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Looking beyond Mohawk Warriorsp. 7
Noble Savagery as an Invention of British Imperialismp. 18
Noble Savage Imagery, 1710 to 1820sp. 28
The Rise of Republican Indiansp. 61
Painting Republican Indians, 1800 to 1840sp. 70
Notesp. 121
List of Illustrationsp. 147
Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9780520266315
ISBN-10: 0520266315
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 15th September 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.59