Theodore Burr Catlin, in Indian Costume (Q20486718)

Label from: English (en)

artist: George Catlin (Q455133)
collection: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
location: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Q1192305)
country of origin: United States of America (Q30)
material used: oil paint (Q296955) canvas (Q4259259)
depicts: portrait (Q134307) man (Q8441) clothing (Q11460) Indigenous peoples of the United States (Q49297)
instance of: painting (Q3305213)
Smithsonian American Art Museum ID: 3993

information from the Smithsonian American Art Museum catalog

description: George Catlin finished his travels through the American West in 1836, and by December 1839 had set sail for England. He planned to exhibit the Indian Gallery in hopes of attracting a wealthy buyer for his collection, and his works appeared in London’s Egyptian Hall in 1840. Over time, he expanded the gallery to include actors, who wore costumes from Catlin’s own collection and performed tableaux vivants---staged reenactments of Indian songs, dances, and war scenes. This portrait shows Catlin’s nephew Theodore Burr Catlin dressed for a performance.
keywords Dress – ethnic – Indian dress Portrait male – Catlin, Theodore Burr

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