Restoring a George Catlin Painting

ID: MNH-483

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1961

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 52, Folder: 23

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Conservator working on restoring George Catlin's Indian paintings for the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the National Museum of American Art, exhibit of 85 of Catlin's paintings. The exhibit opened December 15, 1961 in the Natural History Building, and features original paintings from the Smithsonian's George Catlin collection depicting Native Americans of the early West.


  • Catlin, George 1796-1872
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Collections


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Seated man works on painting on, right. Second painting, center. Third on floor, left.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 52, Folder: 23

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



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  • Art
  • Conservation and restoration
  • Art, American
  • Historians
  • History
  • Art restorers
  • Indians of North America
  • Art objects
  • Art--Conservation and restoration
  • Art--History


United States


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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