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Good Hunter, a Warrior

1831 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 21 1/8 x 16 1/2 in. (53.6 x 41.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.267 Not currently on view

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“The Senecas were one of the most numerous and effective tribes, constituting the compact called the ‘Six Nations;’ which was a confederacy formed by six tribes, who joined in a league as an effective mode of gaining strength, and preserving themselves by combined efforts which would be sufficiently strong to withstand the assaults of neighbouring tribes, or to resist the incursions of white people in their country.” George Catlin probably painted Good Hunter in Washington, D.C., in February 1831. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Seneca

Portrait male - Good Hunter


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added