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Research material on George Catlin, [ca. 1863-1987]

Truettner, William H.

Miniature painter, Portrait painter


Collection Information

Size: 0.4 Linear feet

Summary: Photographs, photogravures and copy prints of images of George Catlin collected by National Museum of American Art curator William Truettner.
Included are: two photographs of Catlin, one at age 72, by Bernheim, Brussels, Belgium, 1886, and one taken between 1863 and 1865, by Cornelisse, Brussels, Belgium, and a copyprint, possibly of Catlin, taken in London, 1870. Copyprints and photogravure's of art works depicting Catlin include Catlin's self-portrait painted in 1824, a miniature of Catlin painted by W.H. Watkins in 1841, a portrait of Catlin from POPULAR SCIENCE MONTHLY, 1891, after Watkins' 1841 miniature, a woodcut of Catlin by W.J. Linton, London, 1845, a watercolor of Catlin, possibly by Catlin, ca. 1851, and a half-length portrait of Catlin painted by William H. Fisk, 1849. Also included are photographs of Catlin's palette, and two letters regarding the photographs, 1987.

Biographical/Historical Note

Portrait painter, miniature painter, ethnographer; Pennsylvania Best known for his paintings of the American Indian. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA.


Transferred from the National Museum of American Art by curator William Truettner, 1992. Truettner collected these images from various sources for his research on Catlin.

Language Note

English .

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How to Cite This Collection

Research material on George Catlin, [ca. 1863-1987]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.