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I like the graphic quality of this Catlin and it makes me think of what the West must have looked like when everyone was first getting settled out here.

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Whitney Western Art Museum

Makers
Catlin, George 49
Descriptions
Oil on paperboard 11
Names
Painting 860
Subjects
buffalo 153 bison 20 Animal 735
Date:
1855-1870
Dimensions:
Sheet height: 18.625 in, Sheet width: 24.875 in, Frame height: 23 in, Frame width: 28.125 in, frame depth: 3.25 in
Title:
Buffaloes (bulls and cows) Grazing in the Prairie
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul Mellon
Gloss:
In the early 1830s Catlin traveled throughout the West to paint Indians and their environment. This painting, like most of the Catlins in the gallery, was done late in his life from sketches and memories of his time on the frontier.
Inscription:
LL: A (over 292), Top center: 141, Secondary typed label: AMNH: 292; Catlin 141, title, Top center (in pencil): 141
Remarks:
The invoice incorrectly states a total of 384 paintings. There were, in fact, 389 paintings purchased, 351 of which Mr. Mellon gave to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in December 1965. 24 given to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, November 1985; 4 given to the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, December 1986; and the remaining 10 to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, December 1986. Oil on paperboard on Bristol Board
Publication:
Travel Guide: South Dakota: Fodor's Compass American Guides; T.D. Griffith; Compass American Guides, New York; Third Edition; 2004; page 156, acknowledgement, page 287
Accession Number:
27.86

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