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Battle Between Sioux and Sac and Fox

1846-1848 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 26 1/4 x 32 1/2 in. (66.7 x 82.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.545 Not currently on view

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George Catlin prized the authenticity of his depictions of Native Americans, and cited the “historical fact” that the Sioux warrior “killed and scalped on his horse’s back.” Catlin painted this work in Paris between 1846 and 1848, when he was creating dramatic, more highly finished paintings for a European clientele hungry for the romance of the American West. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Animal - horse

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Ethnic - Indian - Sioux

Figure group - male

State of being - evil - war



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added