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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Buffalo Hunt, plate 7 from Catlin's North American... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Buffalo Hunt, plate 7 from Catlin's North American...
Mandan Indian Ha-Na-Tah-Muah, Wolf chief - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Mandan Indian Ha-Na-Tah-Muah, Wolf chief
Scalping and decorative use of scalps - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Scalping and decorative use of scalps
The Buffalo Chase 'Singling Out' - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
The Buffalo Chase 'Singling Out'
War on the plains. Comanche (right) trying to lance... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
War on the plains. Comanche (right) trying to lance...
Sioux Village - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Sioux Village
Buffalo Bull's Back Fat, Head Chief, Blood Tribe - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Buffalo Bull's Back Fat, Head Chief, Blood Tribe
Sioux mother and baby, c.1830 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Sioux mother and baby, c.1830
Scalp Dance, Sioux - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Scalp Dance, Sioux
Portraits of Grizzly Bear and Mouse - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Portraits of Grizzly Bear and Mouse
Shonka Sabe (Black Dog). Chief of the Hunkah division... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Shonka Sabe (Black Dog). Chief of the Hunkah division...
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...

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