Wai-Kee-Chai was an influential figure, respected by his people for his wise and calm judgment and popular for his peacable approach. He was a member of the Sauk and Fox delegation in Washington in 1824 and a signer of the treaty of August 24, 1824. The artist painted his portrait during this visit.
This painting is one of two known versions of the portrait which the artist originally painted for the Indian Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.. The original was lost in the fire of 1865.
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