Beautiful Prairie Bluffs, Upper Mississippi

  • George Catlin, Beautiful Prairie Bluffs, Upper Mississippi, 1835-1836, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.329

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When George Catlin made his first trips up the Missouri River in 1830 and 1832, he was enraptured by the landscape. Though he had worked as a portraitist in Philadelphia and originally intended to paint Native Americans themselves, he felt compelled to depict their prairies, rivers, and hills as well. Catlin wrote: “There is no more beautiful prairie country in the world, than that which is to be seen in this vicinity . . .

Title
Beautiful Prairie Bluffs, Upper Mississippi
Artists
Date
1835-1836
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (49.6 x 69.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – river – Mississippi River
  • Landscape – United States
  • Landscape – plain
  • Western
Object Number
1985.66.329
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