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Philomene Gregoire, Montagnais, Seven Islands, Quebec,

Graphite and color crayon drawing on wove paper

Dimensions (Sheet): 387 x 293 mm (15.2 x 11.5 in.)

Signed in crayon at shoulder of portrait: W. Langdon Kihn; inscribed, lower left: PHILOMENE GREGOIRE/ MONTAGNAIS/SEVEN ISLANDS QUEBEC

Accession number: 1959.46.55

Gift of the Bill family, 1959

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

The image depicts “Philomene Gregoire. Age 43 years. A Montagnais Indian woman of Seven Islands, Quebec, Canada, on the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Typical hair-do… Cap worn is sign of high caste. The artist found her at an Indian tipi camp in the deep woods where she was felling large spruce trees with an axe” (per 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. 55.

Work Type: drawing

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