Ta-wa-que-nah, or the Rocky Mountain, Near the Comanche Village

  • George Catlin, Ta-wa-que-nah, or the Rocky Mountain, Near the Comanche Village, 1834-1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.352

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“Our Camanchee guides . . . pointed to their village at several miles distance, in the midst of one of the most enchanting valleys that human eyes ever looked upon . . . with a magnificent range of mountains rising in distance beyond . . . composed entirely of a reddish granite of gneiss.” This painting is the most topographically accurate landscape of the Southern Great Plains series, and has a composition that is reminiscent of early Hudson River school paintings. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 41, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
Ta-wa-que-nah, or the Rocky Mountain, Near the Comanche Village
Artist
Date
1834-1835
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Western
  • Landscape – United States
  • Landscape – mountain – Ta Wa Que Nah
Object Number
1985.66.352
Palette
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