Indian Captives, Massachusetts 1650
Date: 1840
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51 3/8 x 36 1/4 in. (130.5 x 92.1 cm) frame: 62 7/8 x 47 7/8 in. (159.7 x 121.6 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Anonymous Donor, 2004
Object Number: 2004-20
About: Robert Walter Weir was one of four artists commissioned by Congress to supply paintings for the rotunda of the United States Capitol Building. Weir influenced the next generation of American artists by teaching drawing at the West Point Military Academy and training his own talented children, including painter Julian Alden Weir. Despite its evocative title, Indian Captives has not been connected to a specific historical event or colonial-era legend. This painting is one of two versions of this composition painted by Weir. The first canvas, exhibited at the National Academy of Design 1839 and now in the collection of Harvard’s Peabody Museum, earned the painter such acclaim that he executed this smaller duplicate the following year.
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