Há-tchoo-túc-knee, Snapping Turtle, a Half-breed

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Copied George Catlin, Há-tchoo-túc-knee, Snapping Turtle, a Half-breed, 1834, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.296
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Artwork Details

Title
Há-tchoo-túc-knee, Snapping Turtle, a Half-breed
Date
1834
Dimensions
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male — Snapping Turtle
Object Number
1985.66.296

Artwork Description

Like the Cherokee, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole, the Choctaw were farmers, plantation owners, and educated professionals. Snapping Turtle, also known as Peter Pitchlynn, was a graduate of the University of Nashville and George Catlin’s source for “much curious and valuable information, of the history and traditions of his tribe.” Catlin painted his portrait at Fort Gibson, Arkansas Territory, in 1834.