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Whitney Western Art Museum

Makers
Catlin, George 49
Descriptions
Oil on paperboard 11
Names
Painting 860
Subjects
sweatlodge Pawnee 4
Date:
ca. 1855-1870
Dimensions:
Sheet height: 18.375 in, Sheet width: 24.875 in, Frame height: 23 in, Frame width: 29.125 in
Title:
Vapour Baths of the Pawnees
Credit Line:
Gift of Paul Mellon
Gloss:
In 1871 Catlin exhibited his cartoon collection in New York, and the next year at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. In the catalogue accompanying the exhibit, he wrote about this painting, "In the highest state of perspiration the Pawnee Indian leaves his sudatory and plunges head foremost into the river, in the coldest weather of winter."
Inscription:
Top center on a label: 271; A (over 163), Typed on label on support: AMNH; 163; Catlin 271; Also typed lengthy title
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.
Accession Number:
23.86

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