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Seneca Steele, a Great Libertine

1831 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 21 3/4 x 16 3/4 in. (55.3 x 42.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.269 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described Seneca Steele as having a “hatchet in his hand.” The artist probably took this portrait in Washington, in February 1831. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ethnic - Indian - Seneca

Portrait male - Steele, Seneca


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added