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Wáh-chee-te, Wife of Cler-mónt, and Child

1834 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.30 Not currently on view

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“She [Clermont's wife] was richly dressed in costly cloths of civilized manufacture, which is almost a solitary instance among the Osages, who so studiously reject every luxury and every custom of civilized people.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 38, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Osage

Figure group - female and child

Portrait female - Wah Chee Te

Portrait female - Wah Chee Te - full length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added