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Mandan Attacking a Party of Arikara

1832-1833 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.464 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described the location of the attack as “a ravine, near the Mandan village.” Catlin may have observed an Indian skirmish during his visit to the Mandan village in 1832, but the painting is most likely a studio fabrication. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Arikara

Ethnic - Indian - Mandan

Figure group - male

State of being - evil - war



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added