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Artwork by Robert Griffing


The Finger Weaver by Robert Griffing


  About this painting:  

"We saw some of the squaws employed in taking fish in a basket. A gentleman of our party took the basket from one of them, and attempted to catch the fish as she did, but failing, they laughed at his want of dexterity. One young squaw sat in a tent, weaving a sort of worsted garment intermixed with beads. I suppose she was a lady of distinction, for her ears were bored in four different places, with ear rings in them all. She would not speak English, but seemed to understand what we said to her. A gentleman introduced Mrs. Powell and me as white squaws, begging her to go on with her work, as we wished to see how it was done. She complied immediately, with great dignity, taking no more notice of us than if we were posts - proof of her good breeding."

- This is an extract from a letter of Miss Powell, during a tour from Montreal to Detroit, in May of 1785.


10" x 12 1/2" open edition paper print only
Price: $40.00
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