Dying Buffalo Bull in a Snowdrift

  • George Catlin, Dying Buffalo Bull in a Snowdrift, 1837-1839, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.423

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Winter buffalo hunts brought income from white traders and warm clothing provided by the animals’ luxuriant winter coats. In this dramatic image, George Catlin captured the hazards of hunting in ice and snow, depicting both hunter and prey as they lay dying in the winter landscape.

Title
Dying Buffalo Bull in a Snowdrift
Artists
Date
1837-1839
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 27 3/8 in. (50.9 x 69.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – hunter
  • Landscape – season – winter
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Animal – buffalo
  • Western
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.423
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