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Indian Encampment, Comanche (or Kiowa) Dressing Skins, Red River

1846-1848 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. 1985.66.597 Not currently on view

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“These people, living in a country where buffaloes are abundant, make their wigwams more easily of their skins, than of anything else; and with them find greater facilities of moving about, as circumstances often require; when they drag them upon the poles attached to their horses, and erect them again with little trouble in their new residence.” George Catlin executed this work in Paris between 1846 and 1848. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 42, 1841; reprint 1973)


Architecture Exterior - domestic - teepee

Ethnic - Indian - Comanche

Figure group

Landscape - river - Red River

Landscape - Texas



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added