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Assiniboin Woman and Child

1832 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. 1985.66.181 Not currently on view

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“The women of this tribe are often comely, and sometimes pretty; [here is] a fair illustration of the dresses of the women and children, which are usually made of the skins of the mountain-goat, and ornamented with porcupine's quills and rows of elk's teeth.” George Catlin painted Assiniboine Woman and Child at Fort Union in the upper Midwest in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 8, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Assiniboin

Figure group - female and child


fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added