Henry Herman Cross
Wa-She-Choon (White Man), 1862
Signed H. H. Cross., dated 1862 and inscribed No. 31 "Wa-She-Choon."/White Man. (ul)
Oil on canvas
36 x 29 inches
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York
Born in Flemingville, NY, Henry H. Cross was a restless youth who ran away several times as a boy; at 16, in 1853, he traveled to Paris to study animal painting with Rosa Bonheur. When he returned in 1855 he went west with a circus, working as a painter of animal and Indian portraits. He was in Minnesota during the 1862 Sioux uprising, painting a number of portraits of the particpants, including this one of Wa-She-Choon, one of 39 men sentenced to be hanged on December 26, 1862 as a result of the rebellion.
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