Ke-chím-qua, Big Bear

  • George Catlin, Ke-chím-qua, Big Bear, 1830, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.243

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George Catlin probably painted this portrait of Ke-chím-qua, a member of the Kickapoo tribe, at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830, the same year he took portraits of the Delaware, Kaskaskia, Peoria, and other tribes. Catlin’s efforts from 1830 are generally considered his first attempts at Indian portraits in the West.

Title
Ke-chím-qua, Big Bear
Artists
Date
1830
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
  • Portrait male – Big Bear
  • Ethnic – Indian – Kickapoo
Object Number
1985.66.243
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