Chief Shoppenegons, 1910

  • Eanger Irving Couse, American, 1866-1936

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 78 × 36 inches (198.1 × 91.4 cm)
  • 91 7/8 × 49 3/4 × 3 1/2 inches (233.4 × 126.4 × 8.9 cm)

Gift of Charles Willis Ward


On View

  • Native American S130


American Art before 1950

  • Native american
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Portrait
  • Chieftain
  • Painting (visual work)
  • Realism
  • Taos

Signed, lower right: E-I-COUSE-N. A.- c

1907, commissioned by Charles Willis Ward

1911-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

"A Loan Exhibition of Paintings Belonging to Mr. Chas. Willis Ward, of New York City." Bulletin of the DMA 2, 4 (October 1908): pp. 51-52. "A Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Belonging to Mr. Chas. Willis Ward, of New York City." Bulletin of the DMA (1910): p. 52. "Charles Willis Ward, Esq., Gives Another Painting to the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Particular Significance to Michigan." Bulletin of the DMA 5, 3 (July 1911): p. 27. Burroughs, Clyde H. "Painting and Sculpture in Michigan." Michigan History Magazine (Autumn 1936-1937): p. 54. Gibson, A. H. Artists of Early Michigan. Detroit, 1975, p. 80 (ill.). Woloshuk, Nicholas. E. Irving Couse. Santa Fe, 1976, p. 6, (ill.). Rosenau, Arthur W. Lakeside: A History of Lakeside Association on Higgins Lake. Lakeside, MI, 1979, p. 34 (ill.). Pohrt, R. A. "Nineteenth Century Michigan Chippewa Costume: Photographs of David Shoppenagons." American Indian Art 11, 3 (Summer 1986): pp. 44-45 (fig. 1). Leavitt, Virginia Couse. "Eanger Irving Couse." Artists of Michigan from the Nineteenth Century. Muskegon, MI, 1987, pp. 165-167, (ill.). Artists of Michigan in the Nineteenth Century. Exh. cat., Muskegon Museum of Art. Muskegon, MI, 1987, pp. 165-166 (ill.). May, George S. Michigan: An Illustrated History of the Great Lakes State. Northridge, CA, 1988, n.p. Damp, Darlene B. "Story Behind the Chief's Portrait: Couse's First Shoppenagons Effort Met With Patron's Disapproval." The Saginaw News (March 3, 1990): p. B1.

Eanger Irving Couse, Chief Shoppenegons, 1910, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Charles Willis Ward, 11.4.