Iron gall ink and graphite on thin green wove letterpress paper
5 5/16 x 4 7/8 in. (13.5 x 12.4 cm)
Gift of James C. McGuire, 1926
Not on view
Leutze is best known for his large-scale history paintings such as "Washington Crossing the Delaware". He was interested in American Indian subjects throughout his career, and in this sketch he imagines a lone figure drinking from a forest pond. The Indian’s pose recalls the Hellenistic sculpture known as the "Dying Gaul" (Museo Capitolino, Rome). This classical reference reinforces the impression of the contemplative Indian as a “noble savage,” a popular Romantic concept during the mid-nineteenth century.
Inscription: [at lower right in graphite]: E.G. Leutze. / The Last drop --