Gustavus Hesselius, Portrait of Lapowinsa, 1735.
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Gustavus Hesselius, Portrait of <i>Lapowinsa,</i> 1735.

Credit: Courtesy of the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia

In 1735, Swedish painter Gustavus Hesselius, who lived in Philadelphia, painted this portrait of Lenape chief Lapowinsa, showing his facial painting. A signer of the infamous 1735 Walking Treaty, Lapowinsa and other Lenape chiefs would spend the next twenty years trying unsuccessfully to have the treaty voided.

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