Belle Vue, Indian Agency of Major Dougherty, 870 Miles above St. Louis

  • George Catlin, Belle Vue, Indian Agency of Major Dougherty, 870 Miles above St. Louis, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.381

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Belle Vue is a lovely scene on the West bank of the river, about nine miles above the mouth of the Platte, and is the agency of Major Dougherty, one of the oldest and most effective agents on our frontiers. This spot is, as I said, lovely in itself; but doubly so to the eye of the weather-beaten voyageur from the sources of the Missouri, who steers his canoe in, to the shore, as I did . . . It was a pleasure to see again, in this great wilderness, a civilized habitation; and still more pleasant to find it surrounded with corn-fields, and potatoes, with numerous fruit-trees, bending under the weight of their fruit.” George Catlin painted this landscape during a voyage along the Missouri River in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Belle Vue, Indian Agency of Major Dougherty, 870 Miles above St. Louis
Artist
Date
1832
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – United States – Belle Vue
  • Travel – water – canoe
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Figure group – male
  • Landscape – river
Object Number
1985.66.381
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