The Great Elm Tree of Shackamaxon (Now Kensington)

Title

The Great Elm Tree of Shackamaxon (Now Kensington)

Creator

George Lehman
American, b. Switzerland, c. 1803-1870
Published by George Lehman.

Date

circa 1830

Description

The great elm tree depicted here by George Lehman supposedly marked the location where William Penn negotiated a treaty in the early 1680s with Tamanend, chief of the Lenape clan that inhabited the area where Philadelphia was established. The tree reportedly stood in the Lenape village of Shackamaxon, later to become the Philadelphia neighborhood of Kensington. When the tree fell during a storm in 1810, careful measurements indicated an age of approximately 280 years, which suggests that when Penn and Tamanend discussed their terms in its shade, the tree had already been standing for over 150 years.

Contributor

Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Partial gift and purchase from John C. O’Connor and Ralph M. Yeager

Identifier

86.633

Source

John C. O'Connor and Ralph M. Yeager Collection, Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University

Rights

This image is posted publicly for non-profit educational uses, excluding printed publication. Other uses are not permitted.

Format

Aquatint with hand coloring; 16-1/8 x 20-7/8 in. (41 x 53 cm)

Coverage

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (county), Philadelphia