George Catlin, Nishnabottana Bluffs, Upper Missouri, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.402
George Catlin often adopted an aerial vantage point for his landscapes. During his Missouri River voyage of 1832, Catlin stretched out “in the grass on a favourite bluff” and envisioned the world from above: “I was lifted up upon an imaginary pair of wings, which . . . held me floating in the open air, from whence I could behold beneath me the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans---the great cities of the East, and the mighty rivers.”
Nishnabottana Bluffs, Upper Missouri
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11 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (28.6 x 36.6 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
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- oil on canvas
- Landscape – mountain – Nishnabottana Bluffs
- Landscape – river – Missouri River
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