Sac and Fox Sailing in Canoes

  • George Catlin, Sac and Fox Sailing in Canoes, 1837-1839, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.479

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“I was often amused at their freaks in their canoes, whilst travelling; and I was induced to make a sketch of one which I frequently witnessed, that of sailing with the aid of their blankets, which the men carry; and when the wind is fair, stand in the bow of the canoe and hold by two corners, with the other two under the foot or tied to the leg; while the women sit in the other end of the canoe, and steer it with their paddles.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Sac and Fox Sailing in Canoes
Artist
Date
1837-1839
On View
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 27 5/8 in. (49.6 x 70.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – teepee
  • Travel – water – canoe
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sauk and Fox
  • Landscape – river
  • Western
  • Figure group
Object Number
1985.66.479
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