Early Visions/New Encounters (1840s–1850s)

George Catlin, No. 13, Buffalo Hunt, Under the White Wolf Skin, Toned lithograph, 1844 (1964.103) Seth Eastman, Ballplay of the Dakota on the St. Peters River in Winter, Oil on canvas, 1848, Acquisition in memory of Mitchell A. Wilder, Director, Amon Carter Museum, 1961-1979 (1979.4) John Mix Stanley, Oregon City on the Willamette River, Oil on canvas, ca. 1850 (1979.17)

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In the 1840s the works of George Catlin, Seth Eastman, and John Mix Stanley captivated East Coast audiences. These enterprising artists, who spent years among their subjects, sustained themselves through exhibition and publication of their views of Indian and frontier life. Their influence on other artists was enormous. Catlin, Eastman, and Stanley were all careful recorders of the peoples they encountered. Nevertheless, these artists played up to their audiences, who relished Indians and trappers as peculiarly exotic, by favoring especially colorful and dramatic subjects.


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