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Láh-shee, The Licker, called "Creek Billy"

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. 1985.66.305 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described the sitter as “a half-breed warrior” and “a very handsome fellow.” He painted Creek Billy at Fort Moultrie, near Charleston, South Carolina, in January 1838, along with other Seminole warriors imprisoned there. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 57, 1841, reprint 1973, and 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ethnic - Indian - Seminole

Portrait male - Creek Billy

Portrait male - Licker


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added