Important early Georgia related print depicting Tomochachi Mico or King of Yamacraw, and Tooanahowi his Nephew, Son to the Mico of the Etchitas. Circa 1734-1745 mezzotint engraving by John Faber the Younger (British, 1684-1756) after the painting by William Verelst (British, 1704-1752). Matted and housed under glass in a stained and ebonized wood frame. Sight approximately 14″ H x 9 7/8″ W. Sheet – 14 1/8″ H x 10″ W. Framed – 22 1/2″H x 17 7/8″W. Background information: (from The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts): “When James Oglethorpe (1696-1785) landed in Georgia in 1733 he worked to quickly cement a friendship with the Creek Indians. Oglethorpe established a particularly close relationship with Tomo Chachi Mico, King of the Yamacraw, part of the Creek nation. Tomochachi Mico and his nephew Tooanahowi accompanied Oglethorpe back to London in 1734. In London Tomo Chachi Mico and his nephew met the Trustees of the Georgia colony. That meeting is recorded in group portrait by the artist William Verelst now in the collection of the Winterthur Museum (acc. 1956.0567a). The pair also sat for a portrait, now lost, by Verelst. The two Georgia natives were a sensation in London, and soon after the portrait was completed it was engraved by John Faber. Though we know the men dressed in both English and native clothing while in London, they are depicted here in native clothing against an tropical background. Tomo Chachi Mico wears a deerskin cape over his shoulder, perhaps a symbol of the valuable deerskin trade with the English that the Creeks were engaged in. Tooanahowi holds an American bald eagle, a native symbol of peace and an example of the fauna of the new world.” Provenance: the estate of Victor T. Patterson, Franklin, TN. Note: born in Georgia and educated at the Parsons School of Design, Victor Patterson served as a cultural representative to Russia with Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “People to People” program (prior to its privatization) before moving to the Nashville, Tennessee area to pursue a career in interior design. He was associated with Bradford’s for many years before starting his own business. He decorated the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion and the home of several country music stars in the 1970s, and filled his home on Franklin’s historic Fourth Avenue with art and antiques from his frequent travels. CONDITION: Margins trimmed to plate. Print appears to be adhered to backing around perimeter. Light toning and foxing. Several creases resulting in white lines including across top, partial crease (vertical) upper right corner, diagonal across center touching Tomochachi’s chest and Nephew’s shoulder. 3-4 edge tears up to 1″. Couple small losses to edge, largest 1/2″L, barely extending into image. A few scattered pinpoint sized surface losses including two on Tomo Chachi’s face. Mat with grime and small losses, frame with abrasions and small losses.
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