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Indians Encamping at Sunset, Upper Missouri

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.403 Not currently on view

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George Catlin’s Missouri River voyage in 1832 brought him into a vast country that led him to describe eloquently what he painted. “There is no more beautiful prairie country in the world, than that which is to be seen in this vicinity . . . The surface of the country is gracefully and slightly undulating, like the swells of the retiring ocean after a heavy storm. And everywhere covered with a beautiful green turf, and with occasional patches and clusters of trees. The soil in this region is also rich, and capable of making one of the most beautiful and productive countries in the world.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)


Architecture Exterior - domestic - teepee

Ethnic - Indian

Figure group - male

Landscape - river - Missouri River

Landscape - time - sunset



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added