Two Native American Oil Paintings by John Mulvany

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Two Native American Oil Paintings by John Mulvany
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Two fantastic works from a celebrated Western artist. 1) Portrait of Red Cloud, Oglala Lakota chief, facing left. c.1890. Not signed by artist. Approx. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2." 2) Portrait of Native American woman, possibly Pretty Owl, Red Cloud's wife, facing right. Signed by artist and dated 1904. Approx. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2." Fabulous colors on both. Both are in wooden frames which measure 12” x 14”.
The Artist
John Mulvany (1839-1906), best known as a Western Painter, was born in Ireland in 1839. He immigrated to New York in 1851 where he began his art training at the National Academy of Design. He eventually went to work for Mathew Brady in 1863 and gained first-hand experience of the Civil War. Mulvany was made famous by his painting “Custer’s Last Rally” (1881), the first large image of Custer’s Defeat, which toured coast-to-coast for 17 years. Walt Whitman said “it needs to be seen many times—needs to be studied over and over again.” Mulvany’s fame and respect within art circles cooled off when he became more focused on Irish historical subjects. He painted “The Battle of Aughrim,” (1885) which depicted the decisive battle of the Williamite War in Ireland. During the course of his lifetime, he lived in 21 different cities and crossed the country eight times. He finally settled in Brooklyn in 1896. He continued to sketch and paint portraits, though his health worsened as he got older. In May 1906, Mulvany drowned in the East River at the age of 66. At the time, he was suffering from throat cancer and the effects of alcoholism. His obituary from The New York Times argued that from “a fine physique of a man [with] handsome features and a kindly countenance, he had sunk to a ragged derelict, uncertain of a night’s lodging or a day’s food.” William Merrit Chase and Frederick Remington are cited as two prominent artists that Mulvany influenced. [Weber, 2014; Pennington 2010]City: County: State: Date: