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Sault Ste. Marie, Showing the United States Garrison in the Distance

1836-1837 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.339 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described this painting as “a view of the Sault de St. Marys, taken from the Canada shore, near the missionary-house, which is seen in the fore-ground of the picture, and in the distance, the United States Garrison, and the Rapids; and beyond them the Capes at the outlet of Lake Superior.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 54, 1841; reprint 1973)


Architecture - military - fort

Cityscape - town

Landscape - Michigan - Sault Ste. Marie



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added