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View of the Junction of the Red River and the False Washita, in Texas

1834-1835 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.345 Not currently on view

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“We are, at this place, on the banks of the Red River, having Texas under our eye on the opposite bank. Our encampment is on the point of land between the Red and False Washita rivers, at their junction; and the country about us is a panorama . . . of prairie and timber, alternating in the most delightful shapes and proportions that the eye of a connoisseur could desire. The verdure is everywhere of the deepest green.” George Catlin sketched this landscape in 1834, when he accompanied a regiment of the U.S. Dragoons to Indian Territory. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 39, 1841; reprint 1973)


Landscape - river - False Wicheta

Landscape - river - Red River

Landscape - Texas



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added