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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Edward C. Robison III.

Portrait of John Ridge

Artist: Charles Bird King (1785 - 1862)
Date: 1825
17 1/2 × 13 1/2 in. (44.5 × 34.3 cm)
Framed: 24 1/2 × 20 1/2 in.
Medium: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2016.11
Inscriptions: verso, in black ink: [Inscription identifying sitter, date of portrait, and location of creation as Washington]
Signed: verso, in black ink: [Artist's signature]
Place Created:
On View
Accession Number: 2016.11
Provenanceto John Ridge [ca. 1802-1839] (the sitter), GA and Cherokee Nation, 1825; by descent to Sarah Northup Ridge [1804-1856] (his wife), Fayetteville, AR, 1839; to Flora Ridge Polson [1837-1876] (her daughter), 1856; to Flora Polson Hutchison [1867-?] (her daughter), 1876; to Edith Hutchison Duff (her daughter); by descent to James Warren Duff [1927-2003] (her son), Minnetonka, MN; by descent to Mary Grover (his wife), Minnetonka, MN, 2003; to (Christie’s, New York, NY), September 12, 2007, sale 1873, lot 5; purchased by William S. Reese, New Haven, CT, 2007; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2016
Label TextJohn Ridge, from a prominent family of the Cherokee Nation, wears conventional European-American clothing. There was a variety of dress among Native American tribes and individuals, with some (like Ridge) choosing European attire. Ridge received his formal education in Connecticut and was one of the first lawyers in the Cherokee Nation.