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Bi-éets-ee-cure, Very Sweet Man

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. 1985.66.169 Not currently on view

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George Catlin painted this image of Very Sweet Man, a member of the Crow/Apsaalooke tribe, at Fort Union in 1832. The figure wears over his temples a pair of hair bows, decorated with beads imported from Venice in the 1830s by white traders on the Upper Missouri. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Crow

Portrait male - Very Sweet Man


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added