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William Penn's Treaty With the Indians

Pennsylvania 1681
Artist: After Benjamin West
Print Type: Engraving
Date: Circa 1850
Publisher: J & F. Tallis - London Edinburgh Dublln
Origin: British
Demensions: 7 x 6"
Subject: William Penn
Notes & Literature: The Treaty of Penn with the Indians, sometimes known as Penn's Treaty with the Indians at Shackamaxon or more simply Penn's Treaty with the Indians, is an oil painting by Benjamin West, completed in 1771-2. The painting depicts William Penn entering into peace treaty in 1683 with Tamanend, a chief of the Lenape ("Delaware Indians") Turtle Clan, under the shade of an elm tree near the village of Shackamaxon (now Kensington) in Pennsylvania.
Although the Delaware tribe challenged the Walking Purchase of 1737, which some historians have speculated was fraudulently created by William Penn's son, Thomas Penn, the peace between the Lenape Turtle Clan and Penn's successors would endure almost a century, until the Penn's Creek Massacre of 1755.
The treaty William Penn entered into was remarked upon by Voltaire, who called it "... the only treaty never sworn to and never broken."
Condition Report: Matted hinged. Very Good

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William Penn's Treaty with the Indians 1681

Estimate $200 - $300Jan 26, 2019