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Pah-te-cóo-saw, Straight Man, Semicivilized

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. 1985.66.280 Not currently on view

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George Catlin recorded that when Pah-te-cóo-saw came to sit for his portrait, he had decorated his face “in a very curious manner with black and red paint.” The warrior has slightly European features and appears to be wearing a European shirt and coat. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 49, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Shawnee

Portrait male - Straight Man


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added