Osceola

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Description:

Oil on canvas portrait of Seminole Chief, Osceola (born Billy Powell) dressed in colorful robes, a headband holding three feathers and three ceremonial gorgets hanging around his neck. The painting is set in a simple gold leaf frame that is coated with plaster and finished with gold leaf. A plaque is attached to the bottom of the frame, "Painted from life at Ft. Moultrie in 1838 by Robert Curtis." Museum purchase.

Curtis was sent to Fort Moultrie where Osceola was imprisoned specifically to paint his portrait in 1838. Several copies have been painted from this original over the years.