Floyd's Grave, Where Lewis and Clark Buried Sergeant Floyd in 1804

  • George Catlin, Floyd's Grave, Where Lewis and Clark Buried Sergeant Floyd in 1804, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.376

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George Catlin’s view of a bluff some twelve hundred miles above St. Louis captures the vast scale of a continent that, in the 1830s, was only beginning to be settled by white Americans. The artist swept bright green paint across the foreground to suggest the brilliant glow of spring, and spotted the hillside with tiny figures that lead the eye upward. The thinly painted line at the top of the bluff is the cedar post marking the grave of Sergeant Floyd, a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Title
Floyd's Grave, Where Lewis and Clark Buried Sergeant Floyd in 1804
Artists
Date
1832
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Monument – gravestone – Floyd
  • Figure group – male
  • Western
  • Landscape – river
Object Number
1985.66.376
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