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View on Lake St. Croix, Upper Mississippi

1835-1836 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 1/2 x 26 3/4 in. (49.5 x 68.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.350 Not currently on view

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“The Upper Mississippi, like the Upper Missouri, must be approached to be appreciated; for all that can be seen on the Mississippi below St. Louis, or for several hundred miles above it, gives no hint or clue to the magnificence of the scenes which are continually opening to the view of the traveller, and riveting him to the deck of the steamer, through sunshine, lightning or rain, from the mouth of the Ouisconsin to the Fall of St. Anthony.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 50, 1841; reprint 1973)


Landscape - lake - Lake Saint Croix

Landscape - river - Mississippi River



paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added