Thursday, May 29, 2014

Powhatan Clarke's Old Man

May 29, 2014
   So, last week I'm in Baltimore at the Maryland Historical Society Museum and I see a big painting of a dude named Powhatan Clarke, and I send a text to Professor Paul Andrew Hutton who is writing a major book on the Apaches and ask him if this guy is related to the Powhatan Clarke who Remington drew and used as a model in the Apache Wars.

A BBB sketch from a photograph that Frederic Remington took of Powhatan Clarke.

  Hutton writes back and says, no, our Powhatan was from Louisiana. Gee, what are the odds? I think to myself. Oh, well.

   Today, I get this cryptic email from Hutton:

"BBB: I just came across a newspaper interview with Powhatan Clarke that mentions that his father PH Sr. was a famous professor in Baltimore."
—Paul Hutton

Powhatan Clarke, Sr. from the Baltimore Historical Society Museum

"Nothing is stranger than the truth."
—Old Vaquero Saying