They Came to Washington:
The First Ambassadors


December 10, 2016 to Sunday, March 12, 2017

In 1821, artist Charles Bird was commissioned by Thomas McKenney, U.S. Superintendent of Indian Trade, to paint portraits of American Indian tribal leaders when they came to Washington D.C. to negotiate pressing issues with representatives of the American government. A fire later destroyed most of King’s canvases, but an 1836 series of lithographs of his works survived. This exhibit included almost 40 of these scarce lithographs and told the stories of their distinguished subjects. A number of Grace Hudson’s rare portraits of Pawnee Indians were also on display. This exhibit was organized by the Marin Museum of the American Indian.