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Tál-lee, a Warrior of Distinction

1834 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. 1985.66.32 Not currently on view

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“Amongst the many brave and distinguished warriors of the tribe, one of the most noted and respected is Tal-lee, painted at full length, with his lance in his hand---his shield on his arm, and his bow and quiver slung upon his back. In this portrait, there is a fair specimen of the Osage figure and dress, as well as of the facial outline, and shape and character of the head, and mode of dressing and ornamenting it with helmet-crest, and the eagle's quill.” George Catlin painted the warrior at Fort Gibson (in present-day Oklahoma) in 1834. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 38, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - accessory - shield

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Object - weapon - spear

Portrait male - Tal Lee - full length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added