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Kee-mo-rá-nia, No English, a Dandy

1830 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. 1985.66.253 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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George Catlin probably painted this portrait of No English, a member of the Peoria tribe, at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830, the same year he took portraits of the Delaware, Kaskaskia, Kickapoo, and other tribes. Catlin’s efforts from 1830 are generally considered his first attempts at Indian portraits in the West. He described No English as “a beau; his face curiously painted, and looking-glass in his hand.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Peoria

Portrait male - No English

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added