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George Catlin
The Cheyenne, a Republican Pawnee
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

The Cheyenne is in full regalia, with a large peace medal, strings of “wampum beads” around his neck, and a striking painted handprint across his mouth. The bold brushwork throughout the robe, the blank background, and unfinished appearance of this work are reminders that Catlin often had to work quickly to capture a likeness on the spot.