Dying Buffalo Bull in a Snowdrift
1837-1839 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 20 x 27 3/8 in. (50.9 x 69.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.423 Not currently on view
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Winter buffalo hunts brought income from white traders and warm clothing provided by the animals’ luxuriant winter coats. In this dramatic image, George Catlin captured the hazards of hunting in ice and snow, depicting both hunter and prey as they lay dying in the winter landscape.
Animal - buffalo
Ethnic - Indian
Figure(s) in exterior - frontier
Landscape - season - winter
Occupation - hunter
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
metal - aluminum - support added
About George Catlin
Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872
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