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Hard Hickory, an Amiable Man

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. 1985.66.266 Not currently on view

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George Catlin probably painted Hard Hickory, a member of the Seneca tribe, in Washington, D.C., in February 1831. Catlin thought him “a very ferocious-looking, but a mild and amiable man.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ethnic - Indian - Seneca

Portrait male - Hard Hickory


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added