Catlin Paintings Redisplayed in Art Hall

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Four hundred George Catlin Indian paintings are re-displayed in the Art Hall of the Natural History Building. The original paintings were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1879 and first exhibited in 1883. In the 1900s the majority were placed in the anthropological collection, from which the paintings for this exhibit were loaned. The paintings were cleaned and renovated to be displayed in this new exhibit, "Catlin's Indian Gallery," which was shown from July 19 to September 19, 1965, and was mounted "in a setting and manner approximating Catlin's own gallery of the mid-19th century."


  • Catlin, George 1796-1872
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • United States National Museum
  • Natural History Building


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 1, "The Torch," August 1965, p. 1.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1966. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966, p. 285-6.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 19, 1965


  • Art
  • Art, American
  • Historians
  • Exhibit openings
  • Exhibitions
  • Ethnology
  • Catlin Indian Gallery
  • Art Hall
  • History
  • Art objects
  • Art--History
  • Indians of North America


North America

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