Joseph Strong

Samoa, 1892
Oil on Canvas
23.75 x 13.75 x 2.50 in (60.32 x 34.92 x 6.35 cm)
34.50 x 24.50 in
Framed in a Stanford White style frame, which would be typical for the period in which this was created. The painting originally belonged to Condrad Cedercrantz, Chief Justice of Samoa in 1892. Passed by descent within the family. Douglas Frazer Fine Art, 2001, Robert Easton by 2004

The subject of this painting seems appropriate for, Conrad Cedarcrantz, the original owner and the Chief Justice of Samoa, as the chief of a Samoan village would likely wield the same power of justice within the village. This Chief or elder would most likely meet with his council within the Fale (house) in the background to discuss social issues ranging from dispensing justice to presiding over funerals, weddings and important events for his locale.
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