Wash-ím-pe-shee, Madman, a Distinguished Warrior

  • George Catlin, Wash-ím-pe-shee, Madman, a Distinguished Warrior, 1834, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.42

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“The Osages have been formerly, and until quite recently, a powerful and warlike tribe: carrying their arms fearlessly through all of these realms; and ready to cope with foes of any kind that they were liable to meet. At present, the case is quite different; they have been repeatedly moved and jostled along, from the head waters of the White river, and even from the shores of the Mississippi, to where they now are; and reduced by every war and every move.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 38, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Wash-ím-pe-shee, Madman, a Distinguished Warrior
Artist
Date
1834
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
  • Portrait male – Madman – full length
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Ethnic – Indian – Osage
  • Portrait male – Madman
Object Number
1985.66.42
Palette
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