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Cú-sick, Son of the Chief

1837-1839? 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. 1985.66.271 Not currently on view

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Cú-sick was a member of the Tuscarora tribe, one of the tribes of the confederacy called the Six Nations. George Catlin thought him "a very talented man—has been educated for the pulpit in some one of our public institutions, and is now a Baptist preacher, and I am told a very eloquent speaker." (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian

Ethnic - Indian - Tuscarora

Portrait male - Cu Sick

Portrait male - Cu Sick - bust


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added