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Deer Hunting by Torchlight in Bark Canoes

1846-1848 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (49.5 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.554 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 2B

Luce Center Label

George Catlin looked back nostalgically on his western adventures years after his final journey to the frontier. “In these delightful amusements,” he wrote, “and with these pleasing companions, I have been for a while participating with great satisfaction; I have joined several times in the deer-hunts . . .” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 33, 1841; reprint 1973)


Animal - deer

Ethnic - Indian

Figure group - male

Landscape - time - night

Occupation - hunter



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added