Chin-cha-pee, Fire Bug That Creeps, Wife of Pigeon’s Egg Head

  • George Catlin, Chin-cha-pee, Fire Bug That Creeps, Wife of Pigeon's Egg Head, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.180

George Catlin painted Chin-cha-pee, wife of the Assiniboine warrior Pigeon’s Egg Head (see 1985.66.179), at Fort Union, in 1832. Catlin described the woman as fine looking … in a handsome dress of the mountain-sheep skin, holding in her hand a stick curiously carved, with which every woman in this country is supplied; for the purpose of digging up the … prairie turnip.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 8, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Chin-cha-pee, Fire Bug That Creeps, Wife of Pigeon’s Egg Head
Artist
Date
1832
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – Indian – Assiniboin
  • Portrait female – Fire Bug That Creeps
Object Number
1985.66.180
Palette
Linked Open Data
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