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Go-to-ków-páh-ah, Stands by Himself, a Distinguished Brave

1830 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. 1985.66.248 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described the subject as having an “intelligent European head,” and holding a hatchet in his hand. He probably painted this image at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841, reprint 1973, and 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Ethnic - Indian - Wea

Portrait male - Stands By Himself


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added