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Comanche War Party, Chief Discovering the Enemy and Urging his Men at Sunrise

1834-1835 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.459 Not currently on view

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During the spring and summer of 1834, Catlin traveled with the United States cavalry on what the government called a peacemaking expedition. A regiment of dragoons was sent to foster trade and peace in the lands of the Comanche, Kiowa, and Wichita in present-day Oklahoma. George Catlin probably painted this work in his studio during the winter following the dragoon expedition.


Animal - horse

Ethnic - Indian - Comanche

Figure group - male

State of being - evil - war



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added