Sac and Fox Sailing in Canoes

Media - 1985.66.479 - SAAM-1985.66.479_1 - 81564
Copied 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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Artwork Details

Sac and Fox Sailing in Canoes
19 1227 58 in. (49.670.1 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Travel — water — canoe
  • Western
  • Architecture Exterior — domestic — teepee
  • Figure group
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Artwork Description

“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)