Portraits of a Grizzly Bear and Mouse, Life Size

  • George Catlin, Portraits of a Grizzly Bear and Mouse, Life Size, 1846-1848, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.603

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George Catlin included two grizzly bears in the eight tons of material for his Indian Gallery that he brought to England in 1839. But the bears were destructive pests and Catlin eventually sold them to London’s Zoological Gardens in October, 1840. European audiences had to content themselves with life-size portraits such as this, in which the presence of a familiar, if bold, little mouse establishes the bear’s huge size.

Title
Portraits of a Grizzly Bear and Mouse, Life Size
Artist
Date
1846-1848
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
26 5/8 x 32 1/2 in. (67.5 x 82.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – bear
  • Animal – portrait
  • Animal – mouse
Object Number
1985.66.603
Palette
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