Gustavus Sohon (1825-1903), Arrival of the Nez Perce at Walla Walla Treaty

Artist: Gustavus Sohon 1825-1903

Title: Arrival of the Nez Perce at Walla Walla Treaty

Date: 1855

Medium: pencil and watercolour

Washington State Historical Society, Washington, USA

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may_small.jpgScene of the Native American tribe, the Nez Perce, arriving at the Walla Walla Treaty Council in 1855.

At the centre of the scene stands Washington Territory’s first Territorial Governor, Isaac I. Stevens, with a group of other Euro-Americans. To their left, a group of Indians stands beside their horses, and the Nez Perce ride in a long curving line around the central group.

Gustavus Sohon (1825-1903) was hired by Stevens to accompany him on a tour of the eastern reaches of Washington Territory in 1855. As an artist and informed observer of Indian culture, Sohon prepared dozens of sketches and paintings of Northwest landscapes and Indian figures which today serve as the only visual record of the historic councils held by Stevens with the Inland Empire’s great Indian nations – the Cayuse, Nez Perce, Blackfoot, Spokane, Walla Walla, and others.

Acknowledgements: Washington State Historical Society – All rights reserved