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
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 . . .
Máh-to-tóh-pa, Four Bears, Second Chief, in Full Dress
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29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
- Ethnic – Indian – Mandan
- Portrait male – Four Bears
- Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
- Portrait male – Four Bears – full length
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