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W'y-ee-yogh, Man of Sense, a Brave

1832 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. 1985.66.259 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described Man of Sense as “another of this tribe [Iowa], much distinguished for his bravery and early warlike achievements. His head was dressed with a broad silver band passing around it, and decked out with the crest of horsehair.” Catlin further described the subject as having “a handsome pipe in his hand, and bears' claw necklace on his neck.” He probably painted this work at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1832. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Iowa

Portrait male - Man of Sense


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added