Friday, 28 June 2019

George Catlin - part 3

George Catlin by William Fisk 1849
oil on canvas 158.8 x 133.4 cm
National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

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 and 2 also.

This is part 3 of a 7-part series on the works of George Catlin:



1832 The Last Race, Mandan O-kee-pa Ceremony
( Mandan Tribe )
oil on canvas 58.8 x 71.3 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 The Three Domes, Clay Bluffs 15 Miles above the Mandan Village
oil on canvas  28.6 x 36.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Tís-se-wóo-na-tís, She Who Bathes Her Knees, Wife of the Chief
( Wife of the Cheyenne Chief Wolf on the Hill )
 oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Toh-kí-e-to, Stone With Horns, a Chief
( Dakota Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Tsee-moúnt, Great Wonder, Carrying Her Baby in Her Robe
( Plains Cree Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 View from Floyd's Grave, 1300 Miles above St. Louis
oil on canvas 28.5 x 36.6 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 View in the Grand Detour, 1900 Miles above St. Louis
oil on canvas 38.4 x 36.5 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 View on the Missouri, Alluvial Banks Falling in, 600 Miles above St. Louis
oil on canvas 28.5 x 36.4 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Wa-sáw-me-saw, Roaring Thunder, Youngest Son of Black Hawk
( Sac and Fox Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Wah-pe-kée-suck, White Cloud (called the Prophet), Adviser to Black Hawk
( Sac and Fox Tribe)
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Wah-ro-née-sah, The Surrounder, Chief of the Tribe
( Otoe Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Wán-ee-ton, Chief of the Tribe
( Yanktonai Nakota Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Wée-ke-rú-law, He Who Exchanges
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Wi-lóoh-tah-eeh-tcháh-ta-máh-nee, Red Thing That Touches in Marching, Daughter of Black Rock
( Dakota / Sioux Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832 Wife of The Six
( Ojibwa Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33  Dying Buffalo, Shot with an Arrow
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Batiste and I Running Buffalo, Mouth of the Yellowstone
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Buffalo Chase in Snowdrifts, Indians Pursuing on Snowshoes
oil on canvas 61 x 74.1 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Buffalo Chase in Winter, Indians on Snowshoes
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Buffalo Chase, a Single Death
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Buffalo Chase, Bull Protecting a Cow and Calf
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Buffalo Chase, Mouth of the Yellowstone
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-33 Wounded Buffalo Bull Surrounded by White Wolves
oil on canvas 49.7 x 70 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1832-36 Indians Carousing
graphite on paper 24.6 x 36.7 cm
Museum of FIne Arts, Boston, MA

1832-37 Sioux Dog Feast
oil on canvas 60.9 x 73.7 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Cáh-he-ga-shín-ga, Little Chief
( Osage Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Cler-mónt, First Chief of the Tribe
( Osage Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Cól-lee, a Band Chief
( Cherokee Tribe )
 oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Eé-shah-kó-nee, Bow and Quiver, First Chief of the Tribe
( Comanche Chief )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 éh-tóot-sah (better known as Tohausen, Little Bluff)
( Kiowa Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Há-tchoo-túc-knee, Snapping Turtle, a Half-breed
( Choctaw Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Háh-nee, The Beaver, a Warrior
( Comanche Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Hose-put-o-káw-gee, a Brave
( Creek Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Is-sa-wáh-tám-ah, Wolf Tied with Hair, a Chief
( Comanche Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Ish-a-ró-yeh, He Who Carries a Wolf, a Distinguished Brave
( Comanche Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Káh-kée-tsee, Thighs, a Wichita Woman
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Kotz-a-tó-ah, Smoked Shield, a Distinguished Warrior
( Kiowa Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Kút-tee-o-túb-bee, How Did He Kill?, a Noted Brave
( Choctaw Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Mó-sho-la-túb-bee, He Who Puts Out and Kills, Chief of the Tribe
( Choctaw Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Mun-ne-pús-kee, He Who Is Not Afraid; Ko-ha-túnk-a, Big Crow; and Nah-cóm-ee-shee, Man of the Bed, Three Young Warriors
( Osage Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Quáy-hám-kay Kiowa 1898

1834 Quáy-hám-kay, Stone Shell, a Brave
( Kiowa Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Shin-ga-wás-sa, Handsome Bird
( Osage Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Sky-se-ró-ka, Second Chief of the Tribe
  (Wichita Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Steeh-tcha-kó-me-co, Great King
( called Ben Perryman ), a Chief
( Creek Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Tál-lee, a Warrior of Distinction
( Sac and Fox Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Tchow-ee-pút-o-kaw, a Woman
( Creek Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Téh-ke-néh-kee, Black Coat, a Chief
( Cherokee Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Téh-ke-néh-kee, Black Coat, a Chief
( Cherokee Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Téh-tóot-sah (better known as Tohausen, Little Bluff), First Chief
( Kiowa Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Tuch-ee, A Celebrated War Chief of the Cherokees
oil on canvas 71.7 x 58.5 cm
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

Tul-lock-chísh-ko Choctaw Chief Big Eagle 1858

1834 Tul-lock-chísh-ko, Drinks the Juice of the Stone
(Choctaw Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Tul-lock-chísh-ko, Drinks the Juice of the Stone, in Ball-player's Dress
( Choctaw Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

1834 Wa-ho-béck-ee, a Handsome Brave
( Osage Tribe )
oil on canvas 73.7 x 60.9 cm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC