Yinmaton Yalakit (Chief Joseph, 1840-1905) of the Nez Perce

Charles Milton Bell, American, 1848 - 1893
formerly attributed to William Henry Jackson, American, 1843 - 1942


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January 1879

Albumen print

Frame: 30 5/16 × 20 1/2 in. (77 × 52 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mrs. William M. Leeds



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscription on Photo: Chief "Joseph" of the Nez Perces known as "Young Joseph" age = 40 years). Inscribed, on mat: This likenss was taken while on a vist at Washington, D.C. in the month of January 1879. During his visit he atteneded a reception at the "White House" where / he and his sub-chief "Yellow Bull" (in Company with "Chapman", the interpreter) were introduced to President and Mrs. Hayes by Mr. and Mrs. William M. Leeds, and / for an hour and more he received the attentions of a large number of distinguished and influential visitors and was, in fact unknowingly and / unintentionally "the guest" of the evening. A few days later he delivered at Lincoln Hall a thrilling address upon the wrongs suffered by / his people, holding the attention of a large and interested audience for more than two hours. He dwells in Indian territory, an exile from his former home and country.

Course History

HIST 6, NAS 30, History of the American West, Ben Madley, Winter 2012

ARTH 17, History of Photography, Katie Hornstein, Spring 2013

SART 17.9, The Photographer as Activist: Making Art Inspired by the Hood Museum's Collection, Virginia Beahan, Winter 2015

ARTH 48.08, The Photographic Medium, Allan Doyle, Winter 2019

SART 29, Photography I, Christina Seely, Spring 2019

Exhibition History

American Works on Paper to 1950: Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 22-December 9, 2007.

Aspects of Human Experience: Works from the Permanent Collection, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Art History 2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 12, 1998-March 14, 1999.

Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 16, 1995-November 28, 1995.

New Acquisition [in conjunction with Tsinhnahjinnie photograph], Alvin P. Gutman Gallley, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February-May 4, 2008.

Signs of Modern Life: Photographs from the Collections of Jane and Raphael Bernstein and Dartmouth College, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, September 13-October 25, 1998.

Unlayering Stereotypes: Selections from the Permanent Collection For Teaching Cultural Anthropology, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 7, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 24-August 20, 1995.

Publication History

Barbara J. MacAdam, American Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Muesum of Art, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2007, p. 170, no. 140.


Probably acquired by William M. Leeds (1829-1886) during his time working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, about 1876-1879; to his wife, Catharine G. Lockwood Leeds (1825-1913), New York; given to present collection, about 1879-1888; catalogued, 1913.

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