Múk-a-tah-mish-o-káh-kaik, Black Hawk, Prominent Sac Chief

  • George Catlin, Múk-a-tah-mish-o-káh-kaik, Black Hawk, Prominent Sac Chief, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.2

When I painted this chief, he was dressed in a plain suit of buckskin, with strings of wampum in his ears and on his neck, and held in his hand, his medicine-bag, which was the skin of a black hawk, from which he had taken his name, and the tail of which made him a fan, which he was almost constantly using.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Múk-a-tah-mish-o-káh-kaik, Black Hawk, Prominent Sac Chief
Artist
Date
1832
Location
Dimensions
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Black Hawk – bust
  • Portrait male – Black Hawk
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
Object Number
1985.66.2
Palette
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