Mounted War Party Scouring a Thicket

  • George Catlin, Mounted War Party Scouring a Thicket, 1846-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.586

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George Catlin’s descriptions of Native Americans reveal his respect for the tribes and nations that he feared would soon vanish. “Every one of these red sons of the forest (or rather of the prairie) is a knight and lord . . . the only things which he deems worthy of his exertions are to mount his snorting steed, with his bow and quiver slung, his arrow-shield upon his arm, and his long lance glistening in the war-parade . . .” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 4, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Mounted War Party Scouring a Thicket
Artist
Date
1846-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 27 1/4 in. (50.9 x 69.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – Indian – Comanche
  • State of being – evil – war
  • Equestrian
Object Number
1985.66.586
Palette
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