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Comanche Lodge of Buffalo Skins

1834-1835 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. 1985.66.493 Not currently on view

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With the arrival of horses on the Great Plains, nomadic hunters like the Comanche, who had previously relied on dogs to transport the poles and covers of their tipis, could live in much bigger and heavier shelters. George Catlin’s painting shows the horseman Little Spaniard arriving in camp, and was sketched at a Comanche village in 1834.


Animal - horse

Architecture Exterior - domestic - teepee

Ethnic - Indian - Comanche

Figure male - full length



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added