Coming of the White Man

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Coming of the White Man
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The sculpture in 2006
Coming of the White Man is located in Portland, Oregon
Coming of the White Man
Coming of the White Man
Location in Portland, Oregon
Artist Hermon Atkins MacNeil
Year 1904 (1904)
Type Sculpture
Medium Bronze
Subject Two Native American male figures, including Chief Multnomah
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°31′23″N 122°42′12″W / 45.523142°N 122.703310°W / 45.523142; -122.703310Coordinates: 45°31′23″N 122°42′12″W / 45.523142°N 122.703310°W / 45.523142; -122.703310

Coming of the White Man is an outdoor bronze sculpture by American artist Hermon Atkins MacNeil, located in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon in the United States. The statue, gifted to the City of Portland in 1904 by former mayor David P. Thompson and installed the following year, depicts two Native American men, including Chief Multnomah, looking towards the Columbia River upon the arrival of Lewis and Clark.

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The sculpture in 1922

Coming of the White Man is a statue designed by American artist Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866–1947), who is known for depicting indigenous peoples of the Americas and Western pioneers. The bronze sculpture, located in Portland's Washington Park along Southwest Washington Way, was donated to the City of Portland in 1904 by former mayor David P. Thompson.[1] It was installed the following year.[2] The work depicts Chief Multnomah and another Native American male figure looking towards the Columbia River upon the arrival of Lewis and Clark.[1]

According to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, which administers the work, the sculpture measures 8 feet 8 inches (2.64 m) × 6 feet (1.8 m) × 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) and is mounted to a stone base that measures 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) × 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) × 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m).[1][2] The base includes an inscription with the title of the work. The pedestal displays the text "Presented to the City of Portland by the Family of David F. [sic] Thompson".[2]

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