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Ee-mat-lá-, King Phillip, Second Chief

1838 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. 1985.66.302 Not currently on view

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George Catlin painted Seminole chief King Phillip at Fort Moultrie, near Charleston, South Carolina, in January 1838. Catlin described him as a “very aged chief, who has been a man of great notoriety and distinction in his time.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 57, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Seminole

Portrait male - King Phillip


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added