Wáh-pe-say, The White

I have visited forty-eight different tribes, the greater part of which I found speaking different languages, and containing in all 400,000 souls. I have brought home safe, and in good order, 310 portraits in oil, all painted in their native dress, and in their own wigwams … as well as a very extensive and curious collection of their costumes, and all their other manufactures, from the size of a wigwam down to the size of a quill or a rattle.” George Catlin probably painted the White, a member of the Wea/​Miami tribe, at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 1, 1841; reprint 1973

Title
Wáh-pe-say, The White
Artist
Date
1830
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2924 in. (73.760.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – White
Object Number
1985.66.250
Palette
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