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Chee-me-náh-na-quet, Great Cloud, son of Grizzly Bear

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 42.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.220 Not currently on view

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George Catlin remembered this man as “an ill-natured and insolent fellow who has since been killed for some of his murderous deeds.” Great Cloud probably sat for this portrait in Washington, D.C., in January 1831. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 52, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Menominee

Portrait male - Great Cloud


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added