Comanche Warrior Lancing an Osage, at Full Speed

  • George Catlin, Comanche Warrior Lancing an Osage, at Full Speed, 1837-1839, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.471

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George Catlin’s descriptions of Native Americans reveal his respect for the tribes and nations that he feared would soon vanish. “Every one of these red sons of the forest (or rather of the prairie) is a knight and lord,” he wrote, the only things which he deems worthy of his exertions are to mount his snorting steed, with his bow and quiver slung, his arrow-shield upon his arm, and his long lance glistening in the war-parade . . .” (Catlin, Letters and Notes , vol. 1, no. 4, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed , 1979)

Title
Comanche Warrior Lancing an Osage, at Full Speed
Artists
Date
1837-1839
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Western
  • Animal – horse
  • State of being – evil – war
  • Ethnic – Indian – Comanche
  • Ethnic – Indian – Osage
Object Number
1985.66.471
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