Catlin Painting the Portrait of Mah-to-toh-pa (Mandan) in 1832

Object Number: 
1872.23.179
Date: 
1866-68
Medium: 
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Signed
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 179. / Portrait of Mah-to-toh-pa (Mandan)"
Description: 
Portrait. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin stands before an easel tripod made of branches encircled by the curious men, women, children and dogs of the village while he paints a portrait of the War Chief in his full regalia of floor length feathered headdress, elaborately decorated tunic and holding his spear
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
Provenance: 
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group