Artist John Mix Stanley, American, 1814-1872
  • Indian Telegraph
Date 1860
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 20 × 15 1/2 inches (50.8 × 39.4 cm)
Framed: 27 3/8 × 23 3/8 × 2 7/8 inches (69.5 × 59.4 × 7.3 cm)
Credit Line Detroit Museum of Art Purchase, Popular Subscription Fund
Accession Number 01.2
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W273, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed and dated, lower left: J. M. Stanley | 1860
Inscriptions Inscribed, on the back of the canvas, beneath lining: The scene is laid amidst the rugged ground of the Gila river country and represents a party of Apaches advising their friends of the advance of General Kearney's expedition. In the foreground stands a high rock, iluminated by the rays of the declining sun. A party of Apaches are approaching while two have already scaled the rocks and one of them is waving a smoking foggot on high and the other is shading his eyes from the sun's rays with his hand. In the distance, across the valley to the left, a faint streak of smoke rises from behind a hill, which appears to be the answer to the signal. A mountain range dimly looming up on the horizen completes the picture.
1868, Mrs. M. Noble Brainard;
1901-present, purchase by the Detroit Museum of Art (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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The Noble Savage. Exh. cat., University of Pennsylvania Museum. Philadelphia, 1958, no. 67.

John Mix Stanley: A Traveler in the West. Exh. cat., University of Michigan Museum of Art. Ann Arbor, 1969, no. 7 (ill.).

Comstock, Helen. The Concise Encyclopedia of American Antiques, Vol. 2. New York (pl. 240 A).