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Tchán-dee, Tobacco, an Oglala Chief

1832 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. 1985.66.71 Not currently on view


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George Catlin described Tchán-dee as “a desperate warrior, and . . . one of the most respectable and famous chiefs of the tribe.” The artist painted this portrait at Fort Pierre in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 27, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Dakota

Ethnic - Indian - Oglala

Ethnic - Indian - Sioux

Portrait male - Tobacco

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added