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Bogard, Batiste, and I, Traveling through a Missouri Bottom

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. 1985.66.481 Not currently on view

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“In this voyage, Ba'tiste and Bogard were my constant companions; and we all had our rifles, and used them often. We often went ashore amongst the herds of buffaloes, and were obliged to do so for our daily food.” George Catlin probably sketched this scene on the Upper Missouri in 1832, but didn’t complete this painting until several years later. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)


Animal - horse

Figure group - male

Landscape - river - Missouri River

Portrait male - Catlin, George - self-portrait


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added