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View in the Big Bend of the Upper Missouri

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.6 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.391 Not currently on view

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George Catlin painted this landscape in 1832, during a lengthy voyage on the Missouri River. He described the scene as “magnificent clay bluffs, with high table-land in the distance.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Landscape - river - Missouri River



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added