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Buffalo Chase, 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. 1985.66.415 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing

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George Catlin described this scene as “animals dying on the ground passed over; and my man Batiste swamped in crossing a creek.” He made the sketch on the Upper Missouri in 1832. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Animal - buffalo

Ethnic - Indian

Figure group - male

Landscape - river - Yellowstone River

Occupation - hunter



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added