Henry Inman, Hoo-Wan-Ne-Ka (Little Elk), 21.95.1 and Shar-I-Tar-Ish, 21.95.2
Inman (1801–1846). Hoo-Wan-Ne-Ka (Little Elk), 1832. Oil on canvas, 30.4375 x 25.5625 inches. Gift of Allen & Company Incorporated, 21.95.1
Inman. Shar-I-Tar-Ish, 1832. Oil on canvas, 30.375 x 25.625 inches. Gift of the Blank Family Foundation, 21.95.2
Between 1821 and 1828, Thomas L. McKenney, the Superintendent of Indian Affairs, commissioned portraits of hundreds of American Indian leaders on diplomatic missions to Washington, D.C. Painted first by Charles Bird King and later duplicated by Henry Inman, these portraits were intended to serve as a “National Indian Gallery.” Over 120 were reproduced in McKenney’s three-volume portfolio, History of the Indian Tribes of North America.
A Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Chief who fought for the British during the War of 1812, Hoo-Wan-Ne-Ka or Little Elk, later made peace with the United States. He was a signer of the Prairie du Chien Treaty in 1825 and several other important treaties.
Shar-I-Tar-Ish, a Pawnee chief, visited Washington, D.C. in 1821.