George Catlin (July 26, 1796 - December 23, 1872) was an American painter, author and traveler who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West.

Catlin was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Following a brief career as a lawyer, he produced two major collections of paintings of American Indians and published a series of books chronicling his travels among the native peoples of North, Central and South America.

Claiming his interest in America's 'vanishing race' was sparked by a visiting American Indian delegation in Philadelphia, he set out to record the appearance and customs of America's native people.


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Ball-Play Dance - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Ball-Play Dance
'The Owl', c.1832 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
'The Owl', c.1832
Mah-to-toh-pe or the Mandan Chief, Four Bears - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Mah-to-toh-pe or the Mandan Chief, Four Bears
Minatarees attacking buffalo on horseback - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Minatarees attacking buffalo on horseback
Sha-ko-ka, A Mandan Girl - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Sha-ko-ka, A Mandan Girl
Natives of the Bay of San Francisco - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Natives of the Bay of San Francisco
Comanche Meeting the Dragoons - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Comanche Meeting the Dragoons
The North American Indian - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
The North American Indian
Riccaree village,  Native American Indian - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Riccaree village, Native American Indian
Interior View of the Medicine Lodge Mandan O kee pa... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Interior View of the Medicine Lodge Mandan O kee pa...
Le Chat d Ostend - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Le Chat d Ostend
Missouri prairie fire - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Missouri prairie fire

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