Wounded Buffalo Bull Surrounded by White Wolves

  • George Catlin, Wounded Buffalo Bull Surrounded by White Wolves, 1832-1833, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.468

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George Catlin sketched this scene on the Upper Missouri River in 1832. While he insisted that his images were accurate documents of what he saw, it is clear that Catlin’s artistic eye led him to edit his compositions. Here he chose to position the buffalo so that its rounded form echoes the hills in the distance.

Title
Wounded Buffalo Bull Surrounded by White Wolves
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Date
1832-1833
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Keywords
  • Animal – buffalo
  • Animal – wolf
  • Landscape – plain
Object Number
1985.66.468
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