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Batiste and I Running Buffalo, Mouth of the Yellowstone

1832-1833 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 24 x 29 in. (60.9 x 73.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.421 Not currently on view

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“Amidst the trampling throng, Mons. Chardon had wounded a stately bull, and at this moment was passing him again with his piece levelled for another shot; they were both at full speed and I also, within the reach of the muzzle of my gun, when the bull instantly turned and receiving the horse upon his horns, and the ground received poor Chardon, who made a frog's leap of some twenty feet or more over the bull's back, and almost under my horse's heels.” George Catlin made this sketch in 1832 on his Missouri River voyage. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 4, 1841; reprint 1973)


Animal - buffalo

Animal - horse

Figure group - male

Landscape - river - Yellowstone River

Portrait male - Catlin, George - self-portrait

Recreation - sport and play - hunting


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added