Portrait of Tenskwatawa by Henry Inman


Portrait of Tenskwatawa by Henry Inman


Tenskwatawa, Shawnee Prophet; Portraits; Portrait painting; Inman, Henry, 1801-1846


Portrait painting by Henry Inman of Shawnee prophet Tenskwatawa, brother of Shawnee chief Tecumseh. During the War of 1812, the brothers allied with the British. After Tecumseh was killed at the Battle of the Thames in 1813, Tenskwatawa fled to Canada, where he was supported by a British pension.

From the National Portrait Gallery: "Charles Bird King painted the original version of this portrait for the War Department’s collection of Indian portraits. Henry Inman created this copy as part of the process for making lithographs for a publication by Thomas McKenney, the commissioner of Indian affairs. McKenney sought to record the culture and prominent figures of the Native American tribes. More than one hundred of these commissioned portraits were reproduced in McKenney and co-editor James Hall’s three-volume History of the Indian Tribes of North America, with Biographical Sketches and Anecdotes of the Principal Chiefs (Philadelphia, 1838–44). The original collection of King’s paintings was destroyed in a fire in 1865."


Inman, Henry, 1801-1846


circa 1830


This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason:
Public domain
The author died in 1846, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1924.

Original Format


Physical Dimensions

750 × 750 pixels




Inman, Henry, 1801-1846, “Portrait of Tenskwatawa by Henry Inman,” SCRC Virtual Museum at Southern Illinois University's Morris Library, accessed July 18, 2024, https://scrcexhibits.omeka.net/items/show/846.