George Catlin, Mrs. Putnam Catlin (Mary "Polly" Sutton), 1825, watercolor on ivory, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund, 1939.2.1
In 1778, Catlin’s mother, Polly Sutton, and grandmother were captured by Indians at the surrender of Forty Fort, a stronghold built on a bluff above the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. There, the Battle of Wyoming had been fought against the combined forces of the British and Indians. Polly Sutton’s stories entranced her son George, and inspired his interest in Native American culture, as did visits to the Catlin home by various soldiers and explorers during the artist’s youth.
Mrs. Putnam Catlin (Mary "Polly" Sutton)
- On View
- Not on view.
sight 3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in. (8.0 x 6.7 cm) rectangle
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Museum purchase through the Catherine Walden Myer Fund
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- watercolor on ivory
- Portrait female – Catlin, Putnam, Mrs. – bust
- Portrait female – Sutton, Polly – bust
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