Mouth of the Platte River, 900 Miles above St. Louis

  • George Catlin, Mouth of the Platte River, 900 Miles above St. Louis, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.369

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“The mouth of the Platte,” George Catlin wrote, “is a beautiful scene, and no doubt will be the site of a large and flourishing town, soon after the Indian titles shall have been extinguished to the lands in these regions . . . The Platte is a long and powerful stream, pouring in from the Rocky Mountains.” The artist painted this work in 1832 on his first extended voyage up the Missouri River. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
Mouth of the Platte River, 900 Miles above St. Louis
Artist
Date
1832
On View
Dimensions
11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.5 x 36.6 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – river – Platte River
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Western
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.369
Palette
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