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Catlin, George, 1796-1872

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role Collector Artist
dates 1796-1872
city St Louis
other citiesWilkes-Barre, PA; Philadelphia, PA;
gender M
historical notes George Catlin was born July 26, 1796, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. In 1823, he moved to Philadelphia, and set himself up as a professional portrait painter.

The turning point in his career came in 1829, when he saw a delegation of Indians from the West. He was so impressed by the group that he determined to devote himself to painting Indians and their way of life in their own territories. In the 1830s he spent considerable time among the Indian tribes of the Plains and the Northwest. He died December 23, 1872, in Jersey City, N.J.

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Missouri History Museum George Catlin Papers, 1838-1925; [1948] see details...
Saint Louis Art Museum Catlin, George: artist pamphlet file. see details...
University of California, Berkeley George Catlin correspondence and papers,
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The Huntington Library Papers and illustrations of George Catlin, 1868-1892 see details...
Archives of American Art Catlin family papers, [ca. 1807]-1973 (bulk [ca. 1807-1900]). see details...
Archives of American Art Research material on George Catlin, [ca. 1863-1987]. see details...
Archives of American Art Albert Duveen art reference files, [ca. 1831-1950]. see details...
National Portrait Gallery Library Artist file: Catlin, George , 1796-1872 see details...
National Museum of the American Indian Library Artist file: Catlin, George , 1796-1872 see details...