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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Big Elk, 1832 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Big Elk, 1832
Battle between Sioux and Sauk and Fox - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Battle between Sioux and Sauk and Fox
Native Americans performing a tribal group dance - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Native Americans performing a tribal group dance
Comanche Feats of Martial Horsemanship, 1834 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Comanche Feats of Martial Horsemanship, 1834
The Last Race, Mandan O-Kee-Pa Ceremony 1832 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
The Last Race, Mandan O-Kee-Pa Ceremony 1832
Clara Bartlet Gregory (Mrs. George Catlin) - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Clara Bartlet Gregory (Mrs. George Catlin)
A Mandan tribal dance representing 'Day' and 'Night'... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
A Mandan tribal dance representing 'Day' and 'Night'...
Sioux Buffalo Dance - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Sioux Buffalo Dance
Tuch-ee, A Cherokee War Chief - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Tuch-ee, A Cherokee War Chief
'Old Bear' medicine man of the Mandan Tribe, from a... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
'Old Bear' medicine man of the Mandan Tribe, from a...
Buffalo Hunt, Surround, c.1832 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Buffalo Hunt, Surround, c.1832
The Falls of St. Anthony - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
The Falls of St. Anthony

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