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Nót-to-way, a Chief

1835-1836 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. 1985.66.196 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing

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“Of this tribe I have painted but one . . . This was an excellent man, and was handsomely dressed for his picture . . . He seemed to be quite ignorant of the early history of his tribe, as well as of the position and condition of its few scattered remnants, who are yet in existence . . . though he was an Iroquois, which he was proud to acknowledge to me . . . he wished it to be generally thought, that he was a Chippeway.” George Catlin’s notes imply that Nót-to-way was living with the Ojibwe, which would suggest that this portrait was painted either at Fort Snelling in 1835 or near Sault Ste. Marie in 1836. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Iroquois

Portrait male - Not To Way


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added