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View in the "Cross Timbers," Texas

1832 or 1834-1835 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 36.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.362 Not currently on view


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George Catlin traveled widely throughout the frontier, but never crossed into Texas, as the title of this painting implies. “Cross Timbers” probably refers to a location in Comanche Territory, where the artist journeyed in 1834. The conformation of the bald hills resembles Catlin's earlier views of the Upper Missouri, and the painting is of the same small size as the other landscapes in that series. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Keywords

Landscape - river

Landscape - Texas - Cross Timbers

Western

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added