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Ta-wa-que-nah, or the Rocky Mountain, Near the Comanche Village

1834-1835 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.352 Not currently on view


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“Our Camanchee guides . . . pointed to their village at several miles distance, in the midst of one of the most enchanting valleys that human eyes ever looked upon . . . with a magnificent range of mountains rising in distance beyond . . . composed entirely of a reddish granite of gneiss.” This painting is the most topographically accurate landscape of the Southern Great Plains series, and has a composition that is reminiscent of early Hudson River school paintings. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 41, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Keywords

Landscape - mountain - Ta Wa Que Nah

Landscape - United States

Western

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added