Indian Encampment, Comanche (or Kiowa) Dressing Skins, Red River

  • George Catlin, Indian Encampment, Comanche (or Kiowa) Dressing Skins, Red River, 1846-1848, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.597

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“These people, living in a country where buffaloes are abundant, make their wigwams more easily of their skins, than of anything else; and with them find greater facilities of moving about, as circumstances often require; when they drag them upon the poles attached to their horses, and erect them again with little trouble in their new residence.” George Catlin executed this work in Paris between 1846 and 1848. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 42, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Indian Encampment, Comanche (or Kiowa) Dressing Skins, Red River
Artists
Date
1846-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – Indian – Comanche
  • Landscape – river – Red River
  • Western
  • Landscape – Texas
  • Figure group
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – teepee
Object Number
1985.66.597
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