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Cler-mónt, First Chief of the Tribe

1834 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. 1985.66.29 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing

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“The head-chief of the Osages at this time, is a young man by the name of Clermont, the son of a very distinguished chief of that name, who recently died; leaving his son his successor, with the consent of the tribe. I painted the portrait of this chief at full length, in a beautiful dress, his leggings fringed with scalp-locks, and in his hand his favourite and valued war-club.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 38, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Osage

Portrait male - Clermont


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added