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Grouse Shooting on the Missouri Prairies

1837-1839 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.426 Not currently on view

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“In these delightful amusements, and with these pleasing companions, I have been for a while participating with great satisfaction; I have joined several times in the deer-hunts, and more frequently in grouse shooting . . .” The painting must have been a last-minute attempt by George Catlin to add variety to the Upper Missouri hunting scenes. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 33, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Animal - bird - grouse

Ethnic - Indian

Figure group - male

Landscape - Missouri

Landscape - plain

Occupation - hunter



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added