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George Catlin
Mick-e-no-páh, Chief of the Tribe
1838
oil
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.



“Mick-e-no-páh is the head chief of the [Seminole] tribe, and a very lusty and dignified man. He took great pleasure in being present every day in my room, whilst I was painting the others,…when he at length agreed to be painted, ‘if I could make a fair likeness of his legs,’ which he had very tastefully dressed in a handsome pair of red leggings, and upon which I at once began (as he sat cross-legged), by painting them on the lower part of the canvass, leaving room for his body and head above.”