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Wa-sáw-me-saw, Roaring Thunder, Youngest Son of Black Hawk

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. 1985.66.4 Not currently on view

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“I painted also the following portraits, which are now in my Collection . . . Wa-saw-me-saw (the roaring thunder), youngest son of Black Hawk; painted while prisoner of war.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Portrait male - Roaring Thunder

Portrait male - Roaring Thunder - bust


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added