. Charles Bird King (1785–1862), a native of Rhode Island, had
a studio and gallery on the east side of 12th Street between E and F streets, N.W.
Besides the portrait of JQA mentioned below in this entry, King later executed
portraits of CFA and Abigail Brooks, both of which are reproduced as illustrations
in this diary. He is best known, however, for the long and historically valuable
series of portraits of Indian chiefs that he painted in the 1820’s and 1830’s by
commission from the War Department. See Groce and Wallace,
Dict. Amer. Artists
; John C. Ewers, “Charles Bird
King, Painter of Indian Visitors to the National Capital,” Smithsonian
Institution, Annual Report for 1953
, Washington, 1954, p.