Shon-ta-yi-ga, Little Wolf, a Famous Warrior

  • George Catlin, Shon-ta-yi-ga, Little Wolf, a Famous Warrior, 1844, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.521

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Between 1844 and 1845, fourteen members of the Iowa tribe joined George Catlin’s tour of London and Paris. In France, their achievements were impressive: the whole party met King Louis Philippe, Catlin installed the Indian Gallery in the Louvre, and he exhibited works in the prestigious Paris Salon. However, Europe held tragedy as well. Several people in Catlin’s entourage died of disease or illness. Shon-ta-yi-ga, an Iowa warrior, experienced heartbreak that paralleled Catlin’s own. Both men lost a wife and a son while on this trip.

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Shon-ta-yi-ga, Little Wolf, a Famous Warrior
Artists
Date
1844
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.

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Keywords
  • Portrait male – Little Wolf
  • Ethnic – Indian – Iowa
Object Number
1985.66.521
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