The Four Kings meet with Queen Anne

February 19, 2017


Sagayenkwaraton, one of the four delegates to England, John Verelst, 1710. Library and Archives Canada, 1977-35-2 — Acquired with a special grant from the Canadian government in 1977.


In 1710, four Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Mohican chiefs embarked on a diplomatic mission to England. They were given a stately welcome, riding in royal carriages and meeting with the reigning monarch, Queen Anne. While in England, the Queen commissioned portraits of her visitors by Dutch painter John Verelst. These are among the earliest paintings accurately depicting First Peoples.

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