St. Louis from the River Below, 183233
19 3/8 x 26 3/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Catlin began his first long sojourn in the wilderness on the steamboat Yellowstone, which serviced the American Fur Company's trading posts along the Missouri River. In 1832, its second year of operation, the Yellowstone became the first steamboat to chug from the frontier capital of St. Louis all the way up the Missouri to the mouth of the Yellowstone River in present-day North Dakota, taking Catlin deep into the frontier.