Pa-hú-sha, White Hair, the Younger, a Band Chief

  • George Catlin, Pa-hú-sha, White Hair, the Younger, a Band Chief, 1834, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.43

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“The White Hair is another distinguished leader of the Osages; and some have awarded to him the title of Head Chief; but in the jealous feelings of rivalry which have long agitated this tribe, and some times, even endangered its peace, I believe it has been generally agreed that his claims are third in the tribe; though he justly claims the title of a chief, and a very gallant and excellent man. The portrait of this man, I regret to say, I did not get.” George Catlin probably painted this image at Fort Gibson (in present-day Oklahoma) in 1834. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 38, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
Pa-hú-sha, White Hair, the Younger, a Band Chief
Artist
Date
1834
On View
Not 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.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – Indian – Osage
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Object – weapon – spear
  • Portrait male – White Hair – full length
Object Number
1985.66.43
Palette
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