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Batiste, Bogard, and I Approaching Buffalo on the Missouri

1837-1839 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.473 Not currently on view

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“We met immense numbers of buffaloes in the early part of our voyage and used to land our canoe almost every hour in the day; and oftentimes all together approach the unsuspecting herds, through some deep and hidden ravine within a few rods of them, and at the word, ‘pull trigger,’ each of us bring down our victim.” George Catlin first sketched this scene on the Upper Missouri in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)


Animal - buffalo

Figure group - male

Landscape - river - Missouri River

Portrait male - Catlin, George - self-portrait

Recreation - sport and play - hunting



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added