Wa-quóth-e-qua, The Buck's Wife, Wife of the Whale

  • George Catlin, Wa-quóth-e-qua, The Buck's Wife, Wife of the Whale, 1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.10

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Ah-mou-a (the whale and his wife), are also fair specimens of this tribe [Sac and Fox]. Her name is Wa-quo-the-qua (the buck's wife, or female deer), and she was wrapped in a mackinaw blanket, whilst he was curiously dressed, and held his war-club in his hand.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 56, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Wa-quóth-e-qua, The Buck's Wife, Wife of the Whale
Artist
Date
1835
On View
Not 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
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sauk and Fox
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Portrait female – Buck's Wife – full length
Object Number
1985.66.10
Palette
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