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Indian domestic life
Leonard Calvert and Indian leaders in 1634
Family unit settling in the colony.
Left panel
Center panel
Right panel

Treaty of Calvert with the Indians
Dimensions 10 H x 60 W Ft.
By Charles Yardley Turner, (1850-1919)
 Unveiled June 2, 1902

The center panel depicts Leonard Calvert, the first governor of Maryland, and Captain Fleet negotiating a treaty with Yaocomico Indian leaders in 1634. The left panel is representative of Indian domestic life, while the right panel represents the family unit settling in the colony with the Ark and the Dove in background. The following quote is from a letter written by Charles Yardley Turner read at the unveiling of his painting: The decorative composition represents a conference with the Indians, having for its object the barter of agricultural implements and cloth for a tract of land....The paintings are not intended to represent a particular incident, occurring at a special moment, but are meant to convey the thought and action which pertained to purchase the land.

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