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Penn's Treaty with the Indians

During my recent visit to Art Gallery of NSW this painting drew my attention. It depicts the exchange of the land for cloth. I wouldn't start a discussion now about the fairness of this deal - first of all it is all history and second as a matter of fact this type of deals fits very well into the marketing and wealth building concepts that are promoted everywhere.

However I researched this subject a bit and found that this painting is not the only one about this historical event.

01. The first one was Treaty of Penn with Indians by Benjamin West

That work, it appears, influenced Edward Hicks and other artists to create multiple paintings of the same event. The difference is in details:




05. This image is from


07. A 19th-century lithograph by Currier & Ives

By the way, William Penn was an English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania. He has obtained a large piece of land in America in 1681 from King Charles II to satisfy a debt the king owed to Penn's father.


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