About The Painting

The painting shown on our home page is "Abduction of Boone's Daughter by the Indians." It was created in 1855-56 by Karl Ferdinand Wimar.

Wimar was a German-American painter who often painted Native Americans in the US West. It depicts "the 1776 capture near Boonesborough, Kentucky of Jemima Boone and two other girls by a Cherokee-Shawnee raiding party."

The incident is said to have inspired the chase scene in James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans (1826), in which Lieutenant-Colonel George Munro, the book's protagonist Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo), his adopted Mohican older brother Chingachgook, Chingachgook's son Uncas, and David Gamut follow and overtake the Huron party of Magua who had taken as captives the sisters Cora and Alice Munro.

The painting is displayed in the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX.