Sioux Village, Lake Calhoun, near Fort Snelling

  • George Catlin, Sioux Village, Lake Calhoun, near Fort Snelling, 1835-1836, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.335

At this place, on the point of land between the Mississippi and the St. Peters rivers, the United States’ Government have erected a strong Fort, which has taken the name of Fort Snelling, from the name of a distinguished and most excellent officer of that name, who superintended the building of it. The site of this Fort is one of the most judicious that could have been selected in the country, both for health and defence; and being on an elevation of 100 feet or more above the water, has an exceedingly bold and picturesque effect. This Fort is generally occupied by a regiment of men placed here to keep the peace amongst the Sioux and Chippeways, who occupy the country about it, and also for the purpose of protecting the citizens on the frontier.” George Catlin probably sketched this landscape during his 1835 visit to Fort Snelling in present-day Minnesota. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 50, 1841; reprint 1973)

Sioux Village, Lake Calhoun, near Fort Snelling
Not on view
19 5827 12 in. (49.770.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – teepee
  • Figure group
Object Number
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

More from artist

More Artworks from the Collection