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Arikara Village of Earth-Covered lodges, 1600 Miles above St. Louis

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.386 Not currently on view


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“This village is built upon an open prairie, and the gracefully undulating hills that rise in the distance behind it are everywhere covered with a verdant green turf, without a tree or a bush anywhere to be seen. This view was taken from the deck of the steamer when I was on my way up the river.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 25, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - hut

Ethnic - Indian - Arikara

Figure group

Landscape - United States

Western

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added