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Waun-naw-con, The Dish (John W. Quinney), a Missionary Preacher

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. 1985.66.273 Not currently on view


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“John W. Quinney, in civilized dress, is a civilized Indian, well-educated---speaking good English---is a Baptist missionary preacher, and a very plausible and eloquent speaker.” George Catlin probably painted this portrait at Green Bay (in today’s Wisconsin) in 1836. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Mahican

Ethnic - Indian - Stockbridge

Occupation - religion - clergy

Portrait male - Quinney, John W.

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added