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Blackbird's Grave, a Back View, Prairies Enameled with Flowers

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. 1985.66.365 Not currently on view

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To suggest the vastness of the Great Plains in his small landscapes, George Catlin often assumed an elevated viewpoint. Blackbird’s grave, a site visited by Lewis and Clark nearly three decades earlier, was the final resting-place of an Omaha chief who had been buried astride his favorite horse. The artist painted this work in 1832 on his first extended voyage up the Missouri River.


Landscape - plain

Landscape - United States

Monument - gravestone - Blackbird



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added