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Wife of The Six

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. 1985.66.195 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing

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This woman was “Not the most agreeable” of the Six's several wives, according to George Catlin. The artist made few compromises in representing the blunt, heavy features and powerful contours of this woman's head. Such studies among the more civilized eastern tribes, whom he painted three or four years later, are rare. Catlin executed this work at Fort Union in the upper Midwest in 1832. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)


Ethnic - Indian - Ojibwa

Portrait female - Six, Wife of


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added