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Wash-ím-pe-shee, Madman, a Distinguished Warrior

1834 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. 1985.66.42 Not currently on view


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“The Osages have been formerly, and until quite recently, a powerful and warlike tribe: carrying their arms fearlessly through all of these realms; and ready to cope with foes of any kind that they were liable to meet. At present, the case is quite different; they have been repeatedly moved and jostled along, from the head waters of the White river, and even from the shores of the Mississippi, to where they now are; and reduced by every war and every move.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 38, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian

Ethnic - Indian - Osage

Portrait male - Madman

Portrait male - Madman - full length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added