George Catlin, Beautiful Prairie Bluffs, Upper Mississippi, 1835-1836, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.329
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 . . .
Beautiful Prairie Bluffs, Upper Mississippi
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19 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (49.6 x 69.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
- Landscape – river – Mississippi River
- Landscape – United States
- Landscape – plain
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