A most unusual and interesting DOUBLE-SIDED pencil drawing on wove paper, one side featuring an indian in headdress snatching a child off the shore, a tiny fenced white settlement visible in the upper left corner; the other side features a white man in frontier clothing holding his rifle as a native brave swings his tomahawk. Both sides are signed "E Thompson artist". I am not aware of a known artist by this name so this will rest squarely in the folk art or historical categories. The subtle drawings are charming and clearly very early. The canoe and dress of the combatants suggests the early Midwest, Ohio Valley or Northeast, or even Canada. The sheet measures 11" by 9".
Early to mid 19th century signed pencil drawing of indians clashing with settlers in America