The Weedon sketch may have been drawn from life, although Patricia Wickman, the authority on Osceola depictions, concluded that Weedon probably copied the well known sketch made by U.S. Army topographer John Rogers Vinton. Vinton, who was an acquaintance of the Weedon family, met Osceola at Fort Mellon during the Armistice of 1837. His bust sketch inspired a series of later works.
Weedon's drawing adds a slightly more upturned smile than Vinton's, but is otherwise remarkably similar. Wickman noted that both illustrations captured two characteristics that were often mentioned in descriptions of Osceola: his delicate, almost effeminate features and his bright, expressive eyes.
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