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Notch-ee-níng-a, No Heart, (called White Cloud), Chief of the Tribe

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. 1985.66.256 Not currently on view


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No Heart was chief of the Iowas, and when he sat for George Catlin in 1832, he was, the artist later wrote, “tastefully dressed with a buffalo robe wrapped around him, with a necklace of grizzly bear's claws on his neck; with shield, bow, and quiver on, and a profusion of wampum strings on his neck.” Catlin probably painted No Heart at Fort Leavenworth, in present-day Kansas. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 34, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Iowa

Portrait male - No Heart

Portrait male - White Cloud

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added