Catlin and Party Stalking Buffalo in Texas

  • George Catlin, Catlin and Party Stalking Buffalo in Texas, 1846-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.594

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“The buffalo bull often grows to the enormous weight of 2000 pounds, and shakes a long and shaggy black mane, that falls in great profusion and confusion, over his head and shoulders; and oftentimes falling down quite to the ground. The horns are short, but very large, and have but one turn, i.e. they are a simple arch, without the least approach to a spiral form, like those of the common ox, or of the goat species.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 31, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Catlin and Party Stalking Buffalo in Texas
Artist
Date
1846-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 27 3/8 in. (50.8 x 69.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Catlin, George – self-portrait
  • Animal – buffalo
  • Recreation – sport and play – hunting
  • Western
  • Landscape – Texas
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.594
Palette
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