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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Clara Bartlet Gregory (Mrs. George Catlin) - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Clara Bartlet Gregory (Mrs. George Catlin)
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
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
The Last Race, Mandan O-Kee-Pa Ceremony 1832 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
The Last Race, Mandan O-Kee-Pa Ceremony 1832
Pshán-shaw, Sweet-scented Grass, Twelve-year-old Daughter... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Pshán-shaw, Sweet-scented Grass, Twelve-year-old Daughter...
Buffalo Hunt, Surround, c.1832 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Buffalo Hunt, Surround, c.1832
A Mandan tribal dance representing 'Day' and 'Night'... - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
A Mandan tribal dance representing 'Day' and 'Night'...
Chief Keokuk, 1834 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
Chief Keokuk, 1834
The White Buffalo, c.1840 - George Catlin - www.georgecatlin.org
The White Buffalo, c.1840

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