In old age, shortly before his death, Richardville posed for another portait by the noted Indiana artist R. B Crafft. This painting has long been privately held in the possession of his descendants. It has been widely reproduced and is considered an authentic, faithful, and sympathetic depiction of the chief. (See detail, below). Crafft painted a number of other portraits of Fort Wayne pioneers, including an image of Richardville's daughter Catherine and her husband, Chief Francis Lafontaine, both of which are in the collection of the Forks of the Wabash Museum.
A third portrait of a man with features similar to that of Richardville, painted by an unknown artist but perhaps Horace Rockwell, is also published widely as an image of Chief Richardville. (see below) It remains part of the collection of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society and even appears on brochures for the house. Despite the resemblance of this man to the chief, there are significant problems with this attribution. The date and exact provenance of this painting are not known. The clothing of the man appears to be from the 1830s or 1840s, a time when Rockwell was painting oil portraits of many prominent Fort Wayne residents. However, the subject appears to be far too young for that time period to be Chief Richardville, who was then quite elderly. The unknown gentleman seems to be in his 30s, at most, suggesting a birth date of the 1800s or 1810s - certainly not an image of the aging chief born in the 1760s. Perhaps the artist attempted to flatter Richardville by painting him as a young man, but a more likely hypothesis is that it is a portrait of one of his sons. Perhaps it is of his eldest son, John Richardville. The mystery begs further analysis by a Richardville genealogist and it remains unsolved.
In any case, whoever this painting depicts, let us celebrate the accomplishments of this intriguing man and at the same time contemplate the mystery of the above image. Hopefully, a more accurate attribution will one day be made.