Me-sóu-wahk, Deer's Hair, Favorite Son of Kee-o-kúk

  • George Catlin, Me-sóu-wahk, Deer's Hair, Favorite Son of Kee-o-kúk, 1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.6

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George Catlin painted Deer’s Hair at a Sac and Fox village in 1835. Catlin later described the portrait in his extensive writings Letters and Notes: “I have made a portrait of the wife of Kee-o-kuk, and of his favourite son, whom he intends to be his successor. These portraits are both painted, also, in the costume tunics precisely in which they were dressed.” Deer’s Hair succeeded his father as chief of the Sac and Fox in 1848. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
Me-sóu-wahk, Deer's Hair, Favorite Son of Kee-o-kúk
Artist
Date
1835
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.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Deer's Hair – full length
  • Object – weapon – bow and arrow
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sauk and Fox
  • Dress – accessory – jewelry
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
Object Number
1985.66.6
Palette
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