Possibly Cheyenne. <em>Ledger Book Drawing</em>, ca. 1890. Ink, crayon, paper, 6 7/8 x 13 3/8in. (17.5 x 34cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society, 1992.27.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.27.1_SL1.jpg)

Ledger Book Drawing


Medium: Ink, crayon, paper

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1890

Dimensions: 6 7/8 x 13 3/8in. (17.5 x 34cm)


Accession Number: 1992.27.1

Image: 1992.27.1_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The ledger drawing scene shows a Native man on a charging horse, clubbing a soldier with a tomahawk weapon. The Native (possibly Cheyenne) has on decorated leggings; his hair wrapped with an elaborate headpiece with a whole bird on top of his head and a flowing trailer alongside of it . The soldier, caught between the legs of the horse, wears a blue army uniform and brandishes a pistol.There is the outline of a wagon in the lower left. These drawings are done by tearing out paper from ledger books that were used by army and reservation post managers as a substitute for using hides- the traditional medium for such drawings .

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