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Ud-je-jock, Pelican, a Boy

1845 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. 1985.66.538 Not currently on view

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In the 1840s, George Catlin traveled to Europe to exhibit and promote his Indian Gallery; and during those years, delegations of Iowa and Ojibwe joined him. In the spring of 1845, Catlin took his Indian Gallery and the visiting Iowa to Paris, where their performances drew the interest of such cultural figures as Victor Hugo and Eugène Delacroix. When the Iowa returned to the United States, they were replaced by a group of Ojibwe, including Tempest Bird, Bird of Thunder, and Pelican. They so entertained King Louis Philippe that he asked them to perform for the royal family and invited Catlin to exhibit his collection at the Louvre.


Ethnic - Indian - Ojibwa

Portrait male - Pelican - child


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added