Portrait bust of Tech-kum-thai (Tecumseh) - ROM2006_6417_1


Portrait bust of Tech-kum-thai (Tecumseh)

Maker: Hamilton MacCarthy (English, 1846-1939, active in Canada)
Geography: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Date: 1896
39.4 (height) x 24.5 (width) x 18.8 (depth) cm
Object number: 964.248
Credit Line: Gift of the Honourable Mr. Justice Dalton C. Wells
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada

By the end of the 19th century, three people were considered the great Upper Canadian heroes of the War of 1812—Sir Isaac Brock, Laura Secord and Tech-kum-thai (Tecumseh). Tech-Kum-thai (c. 1768-1813) was a Shawnee chief who led a confederacy of tribes from the Great Lakes region in support of the British, not out of loyalty to the Crown but because he believed it would benefit his own people. He died on October 5, 1813, at the Battle of Moraviantown (now Thamesville, Ontario).

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