River Bluffs, 1320 Miles above St. Louis, 1832
11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Catlin's dreamy views of sunlit bluffs on the Upper Missouri preserve a now-lost world. Indians had shaped this landscape by setting fires that curbed tree growth; when the Indians were gone, so were the "beautiful clear-cut outlines of these billowy slopes."