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William Penn's Treaty with the Indians

Object Name: Yardage
Date: ca. 1800
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Medium: Cotton
Dimensions: Overall: 33 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. ( 85.1 x 72.4 cm )
Place made: Europe, England
Description: Copperplate-printed cotton yardage depicting "Penn's Treaty with the Indians" after the Benjamin West painting of the same name; Penn brings gifts to the Native Americans under an oak tree with a woman nursing a child in the foreground; printed in red ink on a white ground.
Credit Line: Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number: 1937.515
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This kerchief was engraved after the Benjamin West painting of 1772. It was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.


The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman


Montgomery, Florence M. Printed Textiles: English and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850. New York: Viking, 1970.


"American Scenes and Events on Textiles," New York Historical Society, September 30-November 30, 1941.