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Shó-me-kós-see, The Wolf, a Chief

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. 1985.66.22 Not currently on view


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George Catlin identified Shó-me-kós-see, The Wolf, as “a chief of some distinction, with a bold and manly outline of head; exhibiting, like most of this tribe, an European outline of features, signally worthy the notice of the enquiring world. The head of this chief was most curiously ornamented, and his neck bore a profusion of wampum strings.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 34, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Dress - accessory - jewelry

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Kansas

Occupation - other - chief

Portrait male - Wolf - bust

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added