Battle Between Sioux and Sac and Fox

  • George Catlin, Battle Between Sioux and Sac and Fox, 1846-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.545

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George Catlin prized the authenticity of his depictions of Native Americans, and cited the “historical fact” that the Sioux warrior “killed and scalped on his horse’s back.” Catlin painted this work in Paris between 1846 and 1848, when he was creating dramatic, more highly finished paintings for a European clientele hungry for the romance of the American West. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)

Title
Battle Between Sioux and Sac and Fox
Artist
Date
1846-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
26 1/4 x 32 1/2 in. (66.7 x 82.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Western
  • Figure group – male
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sauk and Fox
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Animal – horse
  • State of being – evil – war
Object Number
1985.66.545
Palette
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