Máh-to-tóh-pa, Four Bears, Second Chief, in Full Dress

  • George Catlin, Máh-to-tóh-pa, Four Bears, Second Chief, in Full Dress, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.128

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George Catlin described Four Bears, a chief of the Mandan tribe, as an "extraordinary man, though second in office, [he] is undoubtedly the first and most popular man in the nation. Free, generous, elegant and gentlemanly in his deportment---handsome, brave and valiant; wearing a robe on his back, with the history of his battles emblazoned on it; which would fill a book of themselves, if properly translated . . . Máh-to-tóh-pa had agreed to stand before me for his portrait at an early hour of the next morning . . .

Title
Máh-to-tóh-pa, Four Bears, Second Chief, in Full Dress
Artists
Date
1832
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
  • Ethnic – Indian – Mandan
  • Portrait male – Four Bears
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Portrait male – Four Bears – full length
Object Number
1985.66.128
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