Friday, 5 July 2019

George Catlin - part 6

George Catlin (1796 – 1872) was an American painter, author, and traveller, who specialised in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Travelling to the American West five times during the 1830s, Catlin was the first white man to depict Plains Indians in their native territory.
Travelling with fur company representatives, cavalry officers, and later alone on multiple western journeys, George Catlin gathered drawings, sketches, and notes that would allow him to create an “Indian Gallery”- a collection of more than 500 paintings of American Indians. By the end of the decade, he would be widely recognised as the most celebrated painter of America’s native people


“I have visited forty-eight different tribes, the greater part of which I found speaking different languages, and containing in all 400,000 souls. I have brought home safe, and in good order, 310 portraits in oil, all painted in their native dress, and in their own wigwams . . . as well as a very extensive and curious collection of their costumes, and all their other manufactures, from the size of a wigwam down to the size of a quill or a rattle.”

For more information about George Catlin see part 1. For earlier works see parts 1 - 5 also.

This is part 6 of a 7-part series on the works of George Catlin:



1844 North American Indian Portfolio 
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC:


























































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1845-48 War Dance, Sioux
oil on canvas 66.3 x 82.6 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Battle Between Sioux and Sac and Fox
 oil on canvas 66.7 x 82.6 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Caddo Indians Chasing Buffalo,
Cross Timbers, Texas
oil on canvas 49.7 x 70 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Comanche Indians Chasing Buffalo
with Lances and Bows
oil on canvas 49.7 x 70 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Deer Hunting by Torchlight in Bark Canoes
oil on canvas 49.5 x 70 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Elk and Buffalo Grazing among Prairie Flowers, Texas
oil on canvas 49.7 x 70 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Elk and Buffalo Making Acquaintance, Texas
oil on canvas 49.7 x 70 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Indian Encampment, Comanche (or Kiowa) Dressing Skins, Red River
oil on canvas 49.7 x 70 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Indian Family Alarmed
at the Approach of a Prairie Fire
oil on canvas 50.8 x 69.4 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Portraits of a Grizzly Bear and Mouse, Life Size
oil on canvas 67.5 x 82.5 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Sioux Indians on Snowshoes lancing Buffalo
oil on canvas 51 x 69.4 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Stalking Buffalo, Arkansas
oil on canvas 50.8 x 69.2 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1846-48 Weapons and Physiognomy of the Grizzly Bear
oil on canvas 67.5 x 82.8 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1847 Buffalo Chase
oil on canvas 64.7 x 81.2 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1847 Indian Council
( Sioux Tribe )
oil on canvas 64.7 x 81.2 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1847 The Bear Dance
( Sioux Tribe )
oil on canvas 64.7 x 80.6 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1847-48 Chief of the Taensa Indians Receiving La Salle. March 20, 1682
oil on canvas 42 x 60.3 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1847-48 De Tonty Suing for Peace in the Iroquois Village. January 2, 1680
oil on canvas 37.8 x 56.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1847-48 Expedition Encamped on a Texas Prairie. April 1686
oil on canvas 37.8 x 56.4 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

1848 Pipestone Quarry, Coteau Des Prairies
oil on canvas 48.2 x 67.3 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1848c Sioux War Council
oil on canvas 64.4 x 81.2 cm
Private Collection

1850c Crow Chief
oil on paper mounted on board 40.3 x 54.9 cm
 Buffalo Bill Centre of the West, Cody, Wyoming

1851-52 A Mandan Cemetery
oil on canvas 28.5 x 37.4 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Comanchee Indians Throwing the Lasso
 oil on canvas 28.2 x 37.1 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Ojibbeway Indians Gathering Wild Rice
 oil on canvas 28.2 x 37.1 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Prairie Meadows Burning, on the Missouri
oil on canvas 28.2 x 37.1 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Sham Fight
oil on canvas 71.1 x 93.4 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Sioux Indians Encamped, Discovering a War Party by their Shadows on the Opposite Hill
 oil on canvas 28.2 x 37.1 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Mississippi, Missouri and Platte rivers:


1851-52 Buffaloes in the Salt Meadows, Upper Missouri
oil on canvas 28.6 x 37,4 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Garlick Cape, A Range of Bluffs on the
 Upper Mississippi
oil on canvas 28.5 x 37.1 cm
Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1851-52 Grassy Bluffs on the Upper Missouri
oil on canvas 28.2 x 37.1 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 Mouth of the Platte River 900 Miles above St. Louis
oil on canvas 28.2 x 37.1 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1851-52 The Brick Kilns, Volcanic Remains on the Upper Missouri
oil on canvas 28.2 x 36.5 cm
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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