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Te-ah'-ke-ra-lée-re-coo, The Cheyenne, a Republican Pawnee

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.107 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3A


Luce Center Label

George Catlin described The Cheyenne as a “fine-looking fellow, with a pipe in one hand and his whip in the other.” This portrait reveals Catlin’s working methods in the West, in which he would sketch the entire figure in brown, model the details of the head and torso, and often leave the rest of the body unfinished. The Pawnee shown here wears a peace medal around his neck, suggesting that he was among those who traveled to Washington during the government’s campaign to win alliances among the Native American nations. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)

Keywords

Dress - accessory - jewelry

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Pawnee

Object - weapon - whip

Portrait male - Cheyenne - full length

Recreation - leisure - smoking

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added