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O-ho-páh-sha, Small Whoop, a Distinguished Warrior

1831 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 21 1/8 x 16 1/2 in. (53.7 x 42.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.229 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described Small Whoop, a member of the Menominee tribe, as a “hard-visaged warrior, of most remarkable distinction.” The artist probably painted this portrait in Washington in 1831. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ethnic - Indian - Menominee

Portrait male - Small Whoop


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added