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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.

Keywords

Animal - buffalo

Ethnic - Indian

Figure group - male

Landscape - season - winter

Occupation - hunter

Western

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added