Tís-se-wóo-na-tís, She Who Bathes Her Knees, Wife of the Chief

  • George Catlin, Tís-se-wóo-na-tís, She Who Bathes Her Knees, Wife of the Chief, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.144

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George Catlin painted this image of Bathes Her Knees, wife of the Cheyenne chief Wolf on the Hill, in 1832 at Fort Pierre, in present-day South Dakota. Catlin described her as “comely, and beautifully dressed; her dress of the mountain-sheep skins, tastefully ornamented with quills and beads, and her hair plaited in large braids, that hung down on her breast.” Catlin depicted Bathes Her Knees in an elegant dress of mountain-sheep skins embroidered with both quills and beads in the geometric designs favored by the Cheyenne. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Tís-se-wóo-na-tís, She Who Bathes Her Knees, Wife of the Chief
Artist
Date
1832
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.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – She Who Bathes Her Knees – bust
  • Portrait female – She Who Bathes Her Knees
  • Ethnic – Indian – Cheyenne
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
Object Number
1985.66.144
Palette
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