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Wah-pe-kée-suck, White Cloud (called the Prophet), Adviser to Black Hawk

1832 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. 1985.66.7 Not currently on view

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Wah-pe-kee-suck (the white cloud), called ‘the Prophet,’ is a very distinguished man, and one of the principal and leading men of the Black Hawk party, and studying favour with the whites, as will be seen by the manner in which he was allowing his hair to grow out.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Ethnic - Indian - Sauk and Fox

Portrait male - White Cloud


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added