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Hó-ra-tó-a, a Brave

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.165 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described his sitter as “a brave, wrapped in his robe, and his hair reaching to the ground; his spear in his hand, and bow and quiver slung.” He executed the portrait at Fort Union in the upper Midwest in 1832. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ethnic - Indian - Crow

Portrait male - Ho Ra To A


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added