Batiste, Bogard, and I Approaching Buffalo on the Missouri

Media - 1985.66.473 - SAAM-1985.66.473_1 - 9156
Copied George Catlin, Batiste, Bogard, and I Approaching Buffalo on the Missouri, 1837-1839, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.473
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Artwork Details

Title
Batiste, Bogard, and I Approaching Buffalo on the Missouri
Date
1837-1839
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
19 5827 12 in. (49.770.0 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape — river — Missouri River
  • Animal — buffalo
  • Recreation — sport and play — hunting
  • Portrait male — Catlin, George — self-portrait
  • Western
  • Figure group — male
Object Number
1985.66.473

Artwork Description

“We met immense numbers of buffaloes in the early part of our voyage and used to land our canoe almost every hour in the day; and oftentimes all together approach the unsuspecting herds, through some deep and hidden ravine within a few rods of them, and at the word, ‘pull trigger,’ each of us bring down our victim.” George Catlin first sketched this scene on the Upper Missouri in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)