ROBERT G. CONNELL (Contemporary Pittsburgh, PA) - "The Orator", oil and encaustic on canvas, unsigned, a bust portrait of a Native American in diplomatic regalia, in gold molded panel frame, OS: 29" x 25", SS: 18 3/4" x 14 3/4". Fine condition. With quote verso that reads "In diplomatic missions from one nation to another to discuss peace or an alliance or some other political matter, the delegation is always a large one. It is made up of the chiefs or elders of the nation, war chiefs and young warriors. They are accompanied by an orator. A number of the latter are found in almost any village. Generally they are the best speakers. They bear belts of white wampum on which the subject of the mission is expressed. The orator sets out everything they have to say, presenting wampum strings or belts according to the importance of the proposal. During all this you could hear the wings of a fly beating.", Pierre3 Pouchot, French Officer.