Catlin and His Men in Their Canoe, Urgently Solicited to Come Ashore, Upper Missouri

  • George Catlin, Catlin and His Men in Their Canoe, Urgently Solicited to Come Ashore, Upper Missouri, 1846-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.585

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The prairies of the 1830s were a paradise for animal predators as well as enthusiastic huntsmen. Eagles, wolves, mountain lions, and grizzly bears were among the beasts hunting the abundant antelope, elk, and buffalo. George Catlin described many encounters between predators and prey, but could only make quick sketches of these incidents as they unfolded, in hopes of capturing the excitement in more finished studio works.

Title
Catlin and His Men in Their Canoe, Urgently Solicited to Come Ashore, Upper Missouri
Artist
Date
1846-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 1/4 x 26 5/8 in. (48.9 x 67.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Western
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Travel – water – canoe
  • Portrait male – Catlin, George – self-portrait
  • Landscape – river – Missouri River
Object Number
1985.66.585
Palette
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