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View on the St. Peter's River, Sioux Indians Pursuing a Stag in their Canoes

1836-1837 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 19 1/2 x 27 5/8 in. (49.5 x 70.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.341 Not currently on view


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“The scenes that are passed between Prairie du Chien and St. Peters, including Lake Pepin, between whose magnificently turretted shores one passes for twenty-two miles, will amply reward the tourist for the time and expense of a visit to them. And to him or her of too little relish for Nature's rude works, to profit as they pass there will be found a redeeming pleasure at the mouth of St. Peters and the Fall of St. Anthony.” George Catlin sketched this work in 1836 on his journey to the Pipestone Quarry in what is known today as Minnesota. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 50, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Animal - deer

Architecture - boat - canoe

Ethnic - Indian - Sioux

Figure(s) in exterior - frontier

Landscape - river - Saint Peter's River

Occupation - hunter

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added