White Sand Bluffs, on Santa Rosa Island, Near Pensacola

  • George Catlin, White Sand Bluffs, on Santa Rosa Island, Near Pensacola, 1834-1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.354

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George Catlin painted this scene in the winter of 1834-35, during his visit to Florida. “This sketch,” he later wrote, “was made on Santa Rosa Island, within a few miles of Pensacola . . . The hills of sand are as purely white as snow, and fifty or sixty feet in height, and supporting on their tops, and in their sides, clusters of magnolia bushes---of myrtle---of palmetto and heather, all of which are evergreens, forming the most vivid contrast with the snow-white sand in which they are growing. On the beach a family of Seminole Indians are encamped, catching and drying red fish, their chief article of food.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 36, 1841, reprint 1973; Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
White Sand Bluffs, on Santa Rosa Island, Near Pensacola
Artist
Date
1834-1835
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (49.6 x 69.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – coast
  • Ethnic – Indian
  • Landscape – island – Santa Rosa Island
  • Landscape – Florida – Santa Rosa Island
  • Landscape – Florida – Pensacola
  • Figure group
Object Number
1985.66.354
Palette
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