McKENNEY-HALL INDIAN LITHOGRAPHS EXHIBITION

July 2 - 12, 2014

Closing reception Saturday, July 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

From July 2 – 12 the Springfield Art Association will show a selection of 40 McKenney-Hall lithographs from the collection of Richard and Ann Hart of Springfield.

Dr. Michael Wiant, director of Dickson Mounds Museum, will give a gallery talk at the closing reception on July 12.

Between 1821 and 1837, the US Office of Indian Affairs commissioned Charles Bird King to create portraits of American Indians who traveled to Washington D.C. to negotiate treaties with the federal government. To reach a larger audience, these portraits were reproduced as lithographs and published in a three-volume work known as the History of the Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas McKenney and James Hall. In 1865, a devastating fire in the Smithsonian caused the destruction of all but five of the original oil paintings. Had McKenney and Hall not undertaken their lithography project, the great majority of the pictures would have been irretrievably lost to history.