The Three Domes, Clay Bluffs 15 Miles above the Mandan Village

Media - 1985.66.394 - SAAM-1985.66.394_1 - 9013
Copied George Catlin, The Three Domes, Clay Bluffs 15 Miles above the Mandan Village, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.394
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Artwork Details

Title
The Three Domes, Clay Bluffs 15 Miles above the Mandan Village
Date
1832
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
11 1414 12 in. (28.636.7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Western
Object Number
1985.66.394

Artwork Description

“This is, perhaps, one of the most grand and beautiful scenes of the kind to be met with in this country, owing to the perfect appearance of its several huge domes, turrets, and towers . . . These stupendous works are produced by the continual washing down of the sides of these clay-formed hills; and although, in many instances, their sides, by exposure, have become so hardened, that their change is very slow; yet they are mostly subjected to continual phases, more or less, until ultimately their decomposition ceases, and their sides becoming seeded and covered with a green turf, which protects and holds them (and will hold them) unalterable: with carpets of green, and enamelled with flowers, to be gazed upon with admiration, by the hardy voyageur and the tourist, for ages and centuries to come.” George Catlin sketched this landscape during a voyage on the Missouri River in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 10, 1841; reprint 1973)