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Nick Prokopeoff, Aleut Indian, Born Attu Island, Alaska, 1873,

Graphite and conte pencil drawing on wove paper

Signed in conte, lower right W. Langdon Kihn 7/4/42; inscribed beneath image: Nick Prokopeoff/ Aleut Indian/ Born Attu Is. Alaska 1873

Watermark: No watermark

Accession number: 1959.46.36

Gift of the Bill family, 1959

Provenance / Collectors' marks: Edward Lyman Bill and Raymond Bill

The image depicts “Nick Prokopeoff. Age about 70 yrs. An Aleut from Atka Island, Alaska. One of 23 evacuated by plane (see #35). Nick served as lay priest in the Russian-Greek Orthodox Church on Attu and conducted services in Russian” (per the artist’s notes on inventory list).

Bibliography: The Edward Lyman Bill Collection of Indian Portraits and Landscapes of the Western United States by W. Langdon Kihn [catalog for exhibition June 20 – July 6, 1957] (Old Lyme, CT: Florence Griswold House, 1957), cat. no. 36.

Work Type: drawing

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