Mrs. Putnam Catlin (Mary "Polly" Sutton)
Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796
Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872
watercolor on ivory sight 3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (8.0 x 6.7 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 16A, Drawer 4
Luce Center Label
In 1778, Catlin’s mother, Polly Sutton, and grandmother were captured by Indians at the surrender of Forty Fort, a stronghold built on a bluff above the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. There, the Battle of Wyoming had been fought against the combined forces of the British and Indians. Polly Sutton’s stories entranced her son George, and inspired his interest in Native American culture, as did visits to the Catlin home by various soldiers and explorers during the artist’s youth.
Portrait female - Catlin, Putnam, Mrs. - bust
Portrait female - Sutton, Polly - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor
About George Catlin
Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872
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