Wáh-chees, a Brave

  • George Catlin, Wáh-chees, a Brave, 1835 or 1836, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.233

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“The Menomonies. Like the Winnebagoes, are the remnant of a much more numerous and independent tribe, but have been reduced and enervated by the use of whiskey and the ravages of the small-pox, and number at this time, something like three thousand, living chiefly on the banks of Fox River, and the Western shore of Green Bay. They visit Prairie du Chien, where their annuities are paid them; and they indulge in the bane [of alcohol].” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 52, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Wáh-chees, a Brave
Artist
Date
1835 or 1836
Location
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
  • Portrait male – Wah Chees
Object Number
1985.66.233
Palette
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