No-wáy-ke-súg-gah, He Who Strikes Two at Once, a Brave

  • George Catlin, No-wáy-ke-súg-gah, He Who Strikes Two at Once, a Brave, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.119

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George Catlin described this portrait as a “sketch quite unfinished; beautiful dress, trimmed with a profusion of scalp-locks and eagles' quills; pipe in his hand, and necklace of grisly bears' claws.” The degree of finish in this portrait perhaps represents what Catlin hoped to achieve in the single sitting he normally allowed his Indian subjects. The artist probably painted No-wáy-ke-súg-gah at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1832. (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
No-wáy-ke-súg-gah, He Who Strikes Two at Once, a Brave
Artists
Date
1832
On View
Dimensions
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – He Who Strikes Two At Once – full length
  • Ethnic – Indian – Oto
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Recreation – leisure – smoking
Object Number
1985.66.119
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