Hee-láh-dee, Pure Fountain, Wife of The Smoke

  • George Catlin, Hee-láh-dee, Pure Fountain, Wife of The Smoke, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.96

George Catlin described Pure Fountain as a young and very pretty woman … her neck and arms were curiously tattooed, which is a very frequent mode of ornamenting the body amongst this and some other tribes … done by pricking into the skin, gunpowder and vermilion.” He painted Pure Fountain at a Ponca village in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes , vol. 1, no. 26, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Hee-láh-dee, Pure Fountain, Wife of The Smoke
Artist
Date
1832
Location
Dimensions
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – Indian – Ponca
  • Portrait female – Pure Fountain
Object Number
1985.66.96
Palette
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