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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

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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)


Ethnic - Indian - Wea

Portrait male - Swan


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added