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
About George Catlin
Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872
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