Buffalo Chase, Bull Protecting a Cow and Calf

  • George Catlin, Buffalo Chase, Bull Protecting a Cow and Calf, 1832-1833, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.412

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“During the season of the year whilst the calves are young, the male seems to stroll about by the side of the dam, as if for the purpose of protecting the young, at which time it is exceedingly hazardous to attack them, as they are sure to turn upon their pursuers, who have often to fly to each others assistance.” George Catlin sketched this scene on the Upper Missouri in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 31, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Buffalo Chase, Bull Protecting a Cow and Calf
Artists
Date
1832-1833
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
24 x 29 in. (60.9 x 73.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Western
  • Animal – horse
  • Occupation – hunter
  • Animal – buffalo
Object Number
1985.66.412
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