Batiste, Bogard, and I Approaching Buffalo on the Missouri

  • 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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“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)

Title
Batiste, Bogard, and I Approaching Buffalo on the Missouri
Artist
Date
1837-1839
Location
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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
Object Number
1985.66.473
Palette
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