Pierre Kurtness – Cree Chief
FES Title: Pierre Kurtness – Cree chief
Alternate Titles: Pierre Kurtness – A Cree Conjuror
[1911]; Pierre Kurtness [1962]
Date: 1904
Size: 18″H x 12″W
Medium: oil-crayon-paper
Type: illustration
Published: Schoonover, Frank E. “The Edge of the Wilderness.” Scibner’s Magazine, April 1905: 450.
caption: Pierre Kurtness (drawn from life in his tent.)

Schoonover, Frank E. The Edge of the Wilderness, edited by Cortlandt Schoonover. Toronto: Methuen, 1974: 85.
caption: Pierre Kurtness

Inscription: lr: F.E. Schoonover
Exhibitions: 1911 PAFA; 1962 FES
Comments: index; edit
Commentary: Schoonover records “I became intimate with the chief, a Cree Indian. His name was Pierre Kurtness, and he was a conjourer…and when I proposed to draw his likeness, he seemed very pleased…He was very proud of the drawing and held it up so those in the doorway could see it. Afterward I added…some dots with white chalk to the picture of the handkerchief about his neck.” (trip diary)
See #194 for further commentary.
Provenance: Artist; Helen L. Card, Latendorf Bookshop, New York (December 6, 1962); not known