presents 50 famous paintings of Native Americans
done in the early 1800s. The Collection displays
artwork by the premier
artists of American Indian life, George Catlin, Karl
Bodmer, and McKinney and Hall.
In the 1830s, George
Catlin (1796-1872) took his paintbrushes and explored
remote Indian country in the Great Plains. Catlin
documented traditional Native American culture, as
he visited more than 140 tribes and painted in excess
of 325 portraits and 200 scenes of American Indian
Karl Bodmer (1809-1893)
was born in Switzerland. In 1832 he was hired by
Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied to provide
of the prince's travels in North America, primarily
among the Plains Indians. In the company of David
(the prince's servant and hunting companion),
their travels in North America lasted from 1832
to 1834. Bodmer made detailed illustrations of the
life, habits and customs of Native Americans.
McKenney and Hall's 'Indian Tribes of North America'
(published from 1836 to 1844) has long been renowned
for its faithful portraits of Native Americans. The
hand colored lithograph portraits are largely based
on oil paintings by the artist Charles Bird King, who
was employed by the War Department to paint the Indian
delegates who visited Washington D.C. in 1821 to meet
with President Monroe.