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George Catlin
  • Born: 26 Jul 1796, Great Bend PA
  • Marriage (1): Clara Bartlett Gregory on 9 May 1828 in Fairfield CT
  • Died: 25 Dec 1872, Jersey City NJ

  General notes:


Catlin studied law at Litchfield, Connecticut, but after a few years' practice went to Philadelphia and turned his attention to drawing and painting. As an artist he was entirely self-taught. In 1832 he went to the far west and spent eight years among the Indians of Yellowstone river, Indian territory, Arkansas, and Florida, painting a unique series of Indian portraits and pictures, which attracted much attention on their exhibition both in this country and in Europe. Among these were 470 full-length portraits and a large number of pictures illustrative of Indian life and customs, most of which are now preserved in the national museum, Washington.
In 1852-'7 Mr. Catlin travelled in South and Central America, after which he lived in Europe until 1871, when he returned to the United States. One hundred and twenty-six of his drawings illustrative of Indian life were at the Philadelphia exposition of 1876. He was the author of "Notes of Eight Years in Europe" (New York, 1848);" Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians" (London, 1857); "The Breath of Life, or Mal-Respiration" (New York, 1861) ; and " O-kee-pa : A Religious Ceremony, and other Customs of the Mandans" (London, 1867).

  Events in his life were:

  • Shooting Flamingos, 1857
    University of Rochester
    19" x 26 1/2"
    Oil on canvas. Written on back stretcher:
    "View of (illegible)
    20 miles from Havu (?) -
    Geo. Catlin, Buenos Ayres. 1857

George married Clara Bartlett Gregory on 9 May 1828 in Fairfield CT. (Clara Bartlett Gregory was born on 16 Jul 1807 in Redding CT and died on 28 Jul 1845 in Paris France.)

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