Tís-se-wóo-na-tís, She Who Bathes Her Knees, Wife of the Chief
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.
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George Catlin painted this image of Bathes Her Knees, wife of the Cheyenne chief Wolf on the Hill, in 1832 at Fort Pierre, in present-day South Dakota. Catlin described her as “comely, and beautifully dressed; her dress of the mountain-sheep skins, tastefully ornamented with quills and beads, and her hair plaited in large braids, that hung down on her breast.” Catlin depicted Bathes Her Knees in an elegant dress of mountain-sheep skins embroidered with both quills and beads in the geometric designs favored by the Cheyenne. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)
Dress - ethnic - Indian dress
Ethnic - Indian - Cheyenne
Portrait female - She Who Bathes Her Knees
Portrait female - She Who Bathes Her Knees - bust
paint - oil
fabric - canvas
metal - aluminum - support added
About George Catlin
Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872
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