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George Catlin : American Indian portraits / Stephanie Pratt & Joan Carpenter Troccoli.

Catlin, George, 1796-1872.
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This book, and the exhibition it accompanies, showcases works from Catlin's 'Indian Gallery' - a series of portraits not seen in the UK since the 1840s - and seeks to reposition this remarkable artist for a contemporary audience. The authors explore the origins of Catlin's achievement: his ambition to record what he believed to be dying cultures, and his collecting activities, educational intentions and methods of exhibition and display, which demonstrate the growth of a new sensibility towards native peoples. While Catlin's work is well known in the USA, especially in Washington DC, where most of it is still housed in the Smithsonian Institution, George Catlin's Indian Gallery will help to bring these spectacular pictures to new audiences in Britain and around the world. Exhibition: National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (4.3.-23.6.2013).


London : National Portrait Gallery, 2013.

Physical description

192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, color portraits ; 27 cm


Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at National Portrait Gallery, London, March 7-June 23 and at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, July-September 2013.
"George Catlin: American Indian Portraits is organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington."--P. 192

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-186) and index.


Director's foreword -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Map of American Indian localities in 1833 -- George Catlin and the representation of North American Indians / Stephanie Pratt -- George Catlin: an American artist at home and abroad / Joan Carpenter Troccoli -- Chronology -- Plates -- Notes and nomenclature -- Bibliography -- Picture credits -- Index.



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