• MAR 07 to JUN 23
    Solo Exhibition
    American Indian Portraits : George Catlin


    • Solo Exhibition
    • 18th/19th Century
    • Prints & Works on Paper

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 07 to JUN 23, 2013

    Event Location

    NPG - National Portrait Gallery

    United Kingdom


    • George Catlin


    During the 1830s Pennsylvanian-born artist George Catlin (1796-1872) made five trips to the western United States to document the Native American peoples and their way of life. The resulting portraits have become one of the most extensive, evocative and important records of indigenous peoples ever made.

    Catlin was also an entrepreneur and a showman and, inspired by his encounters, he created an ‘Indian Gallery’ that toured America and Europe during the next ten years. This exhibition of over fifty portraits will be the first time that they have been seen together outside America since returning there in the 1850s. They will be displayed to suggest the sense of spectacle created by Catlin and demonstrate how he constructed a particular image of American Indians in the minds of his audience.

    Organised in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington.

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