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Original artwork by Robert Griffing
Wonderfully Expert
by Robert Griffing

Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Oil on linen
Price: $22,500.00

(painting will be available with the artist in person at Lord Nelson's Gallery for the History Meets the Arts show & sale, April 12 & 13, 2019


About the painting:
The Seneca like the Native tribes in the southeast had blow guns, used mostly for hunting small animals and birds like the Passenger pigeons. Isaac Weld while traveling in the states of North America in 1795-97 tells of spending time with Seneca men hunting with blow guns. He describes them as being “Wonderfully expert” and have never known them once to miss their aim, at a distance often of 15 yards”. There is no documentation of them ever using poison on the tips of their darts, as there was no need when just hunting small game.


About the artist:

Robert Griffing studied illustration and design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and went on to enjoy a thirty-year career in advertising. His lifelong interest in Native American and colonial history was the result of growing up in western Pennsylvania, where many eighteenth-century historical events took place. He still resides there with his wife, Justine.

Today Griffing paints the Native Americans of the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands. His work has been included in educational packages, TV historical documentaries, the covers of national magazines, and Native American museums and cultural centers, including the Cherokee Emissaries for Peace exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

At the 2013 Quest for the West Art Show and Sale at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, he received the Patron’s Choice Award and the Henry Farny Award for best painting. At the 2009 Quest for the West, Griffing received the Artist of Distinction Award, which entitled him to a large exhibition of his work in 2010. In 2008 he received the Masters of the American West Purchase Award for his painting Council at Slippery Rock Creek at the Autry National Center’s Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale. Later that year, at the Quest for the West, he received the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award for his painting Secrets of the Dark Forest. His research and historical accuracy has earned him two awards: the Forbes Medal for his contribution to Pennsylvania history and the Arthur St. Clair Historic Preservation Award.

Griffing exhibits at all the Settlers West shows, the Prix de West Show, the Eiteljorg’s Quest for the West Art Show and Sale and the History Meets the Arts Show and Sale in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania



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