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Won-de-tów-a, The Wonder

1835 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. 1985.66.208 Not currently on view


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George Catlin probably made this painting of the Wonder, a member of the Winnebago tribe, at Prairie du Chien in present-day Wisconsin in 1835. The artist had first seen the Winnebagoes when a nine-member delegation came to Washington, D.C., in 1828. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed , 1979)

Keywords

Ethnic - Indian - Winnebago

Portrait male - Wonder

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added