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Seth Eastman at Dighton Rock
Horatio B. King (American, 1820 - 1889)
July 7, 1853
8.9 × 12.1 cm (3 1/2 × 4 3/4 in.)
Draftsman, painter, and watercolorist Seth Eastman appears seated atop the inscribed rock, a proper gentleman in high collar and vest contrasted with the natural setting and primitive, cryptic carvings. Eastman had been commissioned to illustrate Henry Rowe Schoolcraft's monumental book, Historical and Statistical Information Respecting the History, Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States. Here Eastman collaborated with Horatio King, a local Taunton, Massachusetts,
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Schoolcraft, Henry R. "Ethnological Researches, Respecting The Red Man of America - Information Respecting the Human Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States" (Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1856), Part IV, p. 120.
Hunter, Douglas. The Place of Stone: Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America's Indigenous Past (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017), p. 187.