The Reverend Samson Occom (1723-1792)

Jonathan Spilsbury, English, 1737 - 1812
after Mason Chamberlin, English, 1727 - 1787



Mezzotint on laid paper

Impression: 12 3/4 × 9 7/8 in. (32.4 × 25.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mrs. Robert White Birch, Class of 1927W



Henry Parker, London


Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, lower left: M. Chamberlin pinx.t; lower right: J Spilsbury fecit; center: The Reverend Mr. SAMSON OCCOM, / The first Indian Minister that ever was in Europe, & who accompanied the Revd. Nathanl. Whitaker D.D. in an application to / Great Britain for Charities to support ye. Revd. Dr. Wheelock's Indian Academy, & Missionaires amoung ye. Native Savages of N. American. / Publish'd according to Act of Parliamnet, Sept: 20, 1768. by Henry Parker, at No. 82. in Cornhill, LONDON.; on reverse, of mat: Acquired October 1961 by gift of Mrs. Robert W. Birch.

Exhibition History

Education in the Young Republic, Fraunces Tavern Museum, New York, New York, September 8, 1988-January 6, 1989.

Portraits at Dartmouth, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 10-April 16, 1978.

The Artful Disposition of Shades: The Great Age of English Mezzotints, Owen Robertson Cheatham and Friends Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 19 through March 14, 2010.

Publication History

Gretchen Townsend, Education in the Young Republic, New York: Fraunces Tavern Museum, 1988, p. 26.

Arthur R. Blumenthal, Portraits at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth Collection, 1978, p. 35, no. 26, ill.

Hugh Amory and David D. Hall, eds., A History of the Book in America, Vol. 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 638 pp., illus. p. 24.

Dick Hoefnagel with the collaboration of Virginia L. Close, Eleazar Wheelock and the Adventurous Founding of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hanover Historical Society, The Durand Press, 2002, 143 pp., ill. p. 59.

Bernd C. Peyer, editor, American Indian Nonfiction: An Anthology of Writings, 1760s-1930s, Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007, cover illustration (detail), in entirety on back cover.

T.Barton Thurber, The Artful Disposition of Shades: The Great Age of English Mezzotints, Hanover: Trustees of Dartmouth College, Capital Offset Company Inc., 2010, ill, p. 3, fig. 1, checklist p. 23.

Angela Rosenthal and David Bindman, No Laughing Matter: Visual Humor in Ideas of Race, Nationality, and Ethnicity, Hanover, New Hampshire: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, 2003 p.207, ill.3.5

Colin G. Calloway, First Peoples: A Documentary Survey of American Indian History, Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012, p. 207, Figure 3.5.


Mrs. Robert White Birch (wife of Robert Birch White, 1906-1956, Class of 1927), San Clemente, California; given to present collection, 1961.

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