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View in the Grand Detour, 1900 Miles above St. Louis

1832 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 11 1/8 x 14 3/8 in. (28.4 x 36.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.372 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described this scene as “magnificent clay bluffs, with red pumice-stone resting on their tops, and a party of Indians approaching buffalo.” The artist painted this image in 1832 while on a lengthy voyage northwest on the Missouri River. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)


Animal - buffalo

Ethnic - Indian

Figure group - male

Landscape - United States - Grand Detour



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added