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George Catlin
The War Dance

1844

$4,500

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Lithograph from George Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio, hand-coloured, by John McGahey, printed by Day & Haghe. Wove paper. Image size: 11 x 16 1/2 inches. From Catlin's historic "North American Indian Portfolio", one of the most important accounts of Native American life. The War Dance, or 'dance of the braves', "is peculiarly beautiful. At intervals they stop, and one of them steps into the ring, and voiciferates [sic] as loud as possible, with the most significant gesticulations, the feats of bravery which he has performed during his life and at the same time carries his body through all the motions and gestures, which have been used during these scenes when they were transacted. At the end of his boasting, all assent to the truth of his story. and the dance begins again" Catlin summarized the Native American as "an honest, hospitable, faithful, brave, warlike, cruel, revengeful, relentless, -- yet honourable, contemplative and religious being." In a famous passage from the preface of his North American Indian Portfolio, Catlin describes how the sight of several tribal chiefs in Philadelphia led to his resolution to record their way of life: "the history and customs of such a people, preserved by pictorial illustrations, are themes worthy of the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country and becoming their historian." George Catlin (1796 – 1872) was an American painter, author, and traveler, who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. Exploring the American West five times during the 1830s, Catlin was the first white man to depict Plains Indians in their native territory.

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  • Creator
    George Catlin (1796 - 1872, American)
  • Creation Year
    1844
  • Dimensions
    Height: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Width: 16.50 in. (41.91 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5184285821

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