Portraits of Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), Mohawk

Portraits of Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), Mohawk

Joseph Brant by George Romney, 1776
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Romney painted the 33 year old Brant in his London studio when Brant visited the city with Guy Johnson, who was the royal commissioner of Indian affairs in America. Brant sat for Romney at his studio at least twice - on March 29th and April 4th. Brant is shown with wearing a white ruffled shirt, and Indian blanket and a silver gorget and a plumed headdress and carrying a tomahawk. Lord George Germain had a box of prints of the painting made and gave them to Brant as a gift. The painting is today in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Joseph Brant by Gilbert Stuart, 1786
New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown

Gilbert Stuart painted at least two portraits of Joseph Brant in his London studio. Stuart, who was born in Rhode Island, was working in London and had painted portraits of George III and the Prince of Wales. Brant again accompanied Guy Johnson Commissioned by Lord Rawdon, Joseph is shown weaing a headdress of red and white feathers and a black ribbon around his neck with a gorget of shell. A younger daughter of Brant said that it was the best likeness of her father. It is in the New York Historical Society in Cooperstown, New York.

Sources: Kelsay, Isabel Thompson. Joseph Brant
Syracuse University Press, 1986 edition.

McLanathan, Richard. Gilbert Stuart
N.Y.: Harry N. Abrahams, Library of American Art, 1986.

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