Sir William Johnson was a chosen sachem and adopted member of the Mohawk Nation and on July 11th 1774, the death of the beloved “Warraghiaghy” was deeply mourned. He had been their leader in peace and war, and had been commissioned the sole superintendent of the Six Nations by King George the Second. Even though he often lived and roughed it on the trail with his native allies, while home at Johnson Hall, he lived the life of an Irish gentleman, and tried to surround himself with as much tradition from his homeland as he could, including the keeping of a traditional Celtic bard and harper.
The famous image of Johnson by Benjamin West is draped in black ribbon, and the harp in black gauze as a sign of respect and mourning.
Copy and photos by T.C. Albert. All items made and crafted by T.C., including the harp.