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General William Clark, 1830
oil
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, NPG.71.36

Catlin painted William Clark, the famous explorer of the Lewis and Clark expedition, in St. Louis during his first trip west in 1830. As superintendent of Indian affairs in the West, Clark issued passports to travelers in Indian country. The indefatigable explorer also operated an Indian museum, stocked with portraits and artifacts, in a wing of his home. Earlier, Catlin had seen objects collected by Lewis and Clark at Charles Willson Peale's museum in Philadelphia.


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