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Ni-có-man, The Answer, Second Chief

1830 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.275 Not currently on view

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The Answer was a chief of the Delaware/Lenape tribe, and George Catlin probably painted his portrait in 1830 at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas), where the artist created his first portraits of Indians in the West. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Delaware

Object - weapon - bow and arrow

Portrait male - Answer - waist length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added