View on the Upper Mississippi, Beautiful Prairie Bluffs

  • George Catlin, View on the Upper Mississippi, Beautiful Prairie Bluffs, 1835-1836, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.312

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George Catlin probably sketched most of the Upper Mississippi River landscapes on his canoe trip from the Falls of St. Anthony to Dubuque in 1835. He mentions frequently that he used pencil and paper to record certain views, and a sketchbook now owned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum must have been one that he was carrying at the time. Several consecutive pages of pencil drawings in the SAAM sketchbook are of towns, forts, and scenery observed along the river that reappear, in somewhat modified form, in Upper Mississippi paintings. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
View on the Upper Mississippi, Beautiful Prairie Bluffs
Artist
Date
1835-1836
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 5/8 in. (49.8 x 70.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – river – Mississippi River
  • Western
Object Number
1985.66.312
Palette
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