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George Catlin

George CatlinBorn: 26-Jul-1796
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, PA
Died: 23-Dec-1872
Location of death: Jersey City, NJ
Cause of death: Kidney failure
Remains: Buried, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Painter

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Portraitist painted Native Americans

American ethnologist, born at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1796. He was educated as a lawyer and practiced in Philadelphia for two years; but art was his favorite pursuit, and forsaking the law he established himself at New York as a portrait painter. In 1832, realizing that the American Indians were dying out, he resolved to rescue their types and customs from oblivion. With this object he spent many years among the Indians in North and South America. He lived with them, acquired their languages, and studied very thoroughly their habits, customs and mode of life, making copious notes and many studies for paintings. In 1840 he came to Europe with his collection of paintings, most of which are now in the National Museum, Washington, as the Catlin Gallery; and in the following year he published the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians in two volumes, illustrated with 300 engravings. This was followed in 1844 by The North American Portfolio, containing 25 plates of hunting scenes and amusements in the Rocky Mountains and the prairies of America, and in 1848 by Eight Years' Travels and Residence in Europe. In 1861 he published a curious little volume, in "manugraph", entitled The Breath of Life, on the advantage of keeping one's mouth habitually closed, especially during sleep; and in 1868, Last Rambles amongst the Indians of the Rocky Mountains and the Andes. He died in Jersey City, New Jersey, on the 22nd of December 1872.

Father: Putnam Catlin (b. 1733, d. 1820)
Mother: Mary Sutton ("Polly", b. 30-Sep-1770)
Brother: Charles
Brother: Henry
Sister: Juliette
Sister: Elizabeth
Brother: James
Sister: Mary
Brother: Julius
Sister: Lynde
Sister: Sally
Brother: Richard
Brother: John
Sister: Frances
Wife: Clarissa Bartlett Gregory ("Clara", b, 16-Jul-1807, m. 28-May-1828, d. 28-Jul-1845)
Daughter: Elizabeth Wind Catlin (b. 22-Nov-1837)
Daughter: Clara Catlin (b. 10-Dec-1839, d. 18-Dec-1895)
Daughter: Louise Catlin (b. 14-Aug-1841)
Son: George Catlin, Jr. (b. 1843, d. 1846)

    Law School: Litchfield, CT

    National Academy of Design
    Debtor's Prison London (1851)
    Bankruptcy (1852)
    Risk Factors: Deafness

Author of books:
Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians (1841)
Catlin's North American Indian Portfolio: Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America (1845)
Catlin's Notes of Eight Years' Travels and Residence in Europe (1848)
Life Amongst the Indians (1867)
Last Rambles Amongst the Indians of the Rocky Mountains and the Andes (1867)


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