Ee-áh-sá-pa, Black Rock, a Two Kettle Chief

  • George Catlin, Ee-áh-sá-pa, Black Rock, a Two Kettle Chief, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.80

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Although George Catlin painted many bust-length portraits, this canvas is a rarer full-length figure. Catlin noted that Black Rock, a Western Sioux/Lakota who was highly respected by fur traders, was “a tall and fine looking man, of six feet or more in stature.” His long headdress is made of war-eagles' quills and ermine skins. His stance is regal, with a robe thrown over his shoulders and spear extended. To emphasize Black Rock’s nobility, Catlin borrowed a classical pose that he used frequently for important subjects. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no.

Title
Ee-áh-sá-pa, Black Rock, a Two Kettle Chief
Artists
Date
1832
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – other – chief
  • Portrait male – Black Rock – full length
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Ethnic – Indian – Dakota
Object Number
1985.66.80
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