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Hesselius: Portrait of Tishcohan Archival Poster

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  • Hesselius: Portrait of Tishcohan Archival Poster
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Lenape leaders Tishcohan and Lapowinsa met with William Penn's sons in 1735 to resolve a land dispute.  Their portraits were painted at the time by the Swedish-born artist Gustavus Hesselius, one of the first professionally trained European painters to settle in the British colonies of North America.  

Clad in a prized, English-made woolen robe, Tishcohan also wears a Lenape-decorated chipmunk-skin neck pouch that holds an English clay pipe.  The negotiating parties may have held a ceremony of tobacco smoking to confirm their friendly and respectful relations.  Their newfound trust was broken only two years later, however, when the Penn brothers deceitfully claimed land from the Lenape in an infamous agreement called the Walking Treaty.

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  • 16" x 20" unframed
  • Printed with archival quality inks on a high-resolution, large format 12-color printer
  • 230gsm coated fine art paper that is acid-free and lignin-free
  • Made in the USA
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