W'y-ee-yogh, Man of Sense, a Brave

  • George Catlin, W'y-ee-yogh, Man of Sense, a Brave, 1832, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.259

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George Catlin described Man of Sense as “another of this tribe [Iowa], much distinguished for his bravery and early warlike achievements. His head was dressed with a broad silver band passing around it, and decked out with the crest of horsehair.” Catlin further described the subject as having “a handsome pipe in his hand, and bears' claw necklace on his neck.” He probably painted this work at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1832. (Truettner, The Natural Man Observed, 1979)

Title
W'y-ee-yogh, Man of Sense, a Brave
Artist
Date
1832
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 – Man of Sense
  • Ethnic – Indian – Iowa
Object Number
1985.66.259
Palette
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