Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio
Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America, 1844
BIG HORN, Wyo (June 13, 2017) The Brinton Museum presents the exhibit, Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio: Hunting Scenes and Amusements of the Rocky Mountains and Prairies of America, featuring twenty-five original, first issue, first edition, hand-colored lithographed plates from George Catlin’s nineteenth century work, published in 1844. Born in 1796 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, George Catlin was an accomplished American painter, author and explorer who is credited as being the first great artist to travel widely among the North American Plains Indians to document in art the life and culture of the Indian peoples. Catlin’s impressive North American Indian portfolio includes twenty-five detailed, exquisitely lithographed images of amazing hunting and sporting scenes as well as Indian dance ceremonies such as The Buffalo Dance, The Snow-Shoe Dance and The Bear Dance.
A reception to open the Catlin show takes place on Saturday, July 8, from 3 – 5 PM. This exhibit is made possible by a loan from the Thompson Family and continues in the S. K. Johnston, Jr. Family Gallery through July 30th.
“We are very grateful to the Thompson Family for their willingness to share this portfolio with The Brinton Museum and our patrons. They are truly a remarkably generous family,” says Museum Director Kenneth L. Schuster. “This wonderful exhibition of George Catlin American Indian lithographs offers our visitors a rare opportunity to see the work of this truly great American artist.”
About The Brinton Museum
Founded in 1960, The Brinton Museum is a fine arts institution devoted to preserving the art and history of the West. Located on the historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in the foothills of the majestic Bighorn Mountains, it features 19th, 20th and 21st century American and Indian Art in a historic Western setting. In 2016, the museum realized record attendance of more than 24,000 guests from all 50 states and 30 different countries.
Regular admission to The Brinton Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for American Indians with tribal ID; active military, veterans and their families with military ID; and children 12 and under. The Brinton Museum offers individual, family and corporate memberships, featuring a number of benefits, including free reciprocal admission to hundreds of museums throughout the U.S.
Hours: Open Daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Brinton Museum is located at 239 Brinton Rd., in Big Horn, WY.