Larger Type
Smaller Type

Search Collections

Wah-pón-jee-a, The Swan, a Warrior

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. 1985.66.249 Not currently on view


Luce Center Label

The Swan was described by George Catlin as a “fine-looking fellow, with an European countenance.” He probably sat for his portrait at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Wea

Portrait male - Swan

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added