St. Louis, MO
At age 17, Catlin was sent to Litchfield to study law which he disliked. George preferred to read about natural history, science, arts, Indians and to sketch fellow students and local scenery. After two years of study in Litchfield, George entered the Bar of Luzerne County in Pennsylvania. He practiced law for two years before he “resolved to convert my law library into paint pots and brushes.”
In 1823, Catlin studied art in Philadelphia and established himself ...
"His more realistic approach [towards painting American Indians] grew out of his appreciation for a people who, he wrote, 'had been invaded, their morals corrupted, their lands wrested from them, their customs changed, and therefore lost to the world.'" -- Catlin quoted by Bruce Watson in the Smithsonian Magazine, George Catlin's Obsession, December, 2002.
- Mary Wallace Peck Mansfield album
- Portrait of George Catlin
- The Buffalo Hunt, Surrounding the Herd by George Catlin
- The Indian Ball Play (Choctaw) by George Catlin
- The Indian Bear Dance/Invoking the Aid and Protection of The Bear Spirit by George Catlin
- The Snow Shoe Dance/To Thank the Great Spirit for the First Appearance of Snow by George Catlin
- Wild Horses at Play on the American Prairies/The Rocky Mountains in the Distance by George Catlin
- Portrait of Oliver Wolcott, Jr. by George Catlin
- Ball Play Dance by the Choctaw Indians West of the Mississippi by Geoge Catlin
- Buffalo Hunt on Snow Shoes/Winter on the Northern Prairies by George Catlin
- Buffalo Hunt on the Banks of the Upper Missouri by Geoge Catlin
- Buffalo Hunt under the White Wolf Skin/An Indian Stratagem on the Level Prairies by George Catlin
- Game of the Arrow/Archery of the Mandan Indians - Headwaters of the Missouri by George Catlin
- Dying Buffalo Bull/Deadly Effect of the Indian Arrow by George Catlin
- Indian Ball Players by George Catlin
- Indian Buffalo Hunt/Close Quarters by George Catlin
- Prairie Wolfes Attacking a Buffalo Bull/Taking Breath by George Catlin
- Engraving of Tapping Reeve
Archives of American Art, George Catlin papers, 1821-1904, 1946
Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, "Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817..", Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers.
Litchfield County Bar Association Records, 1819, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, Litchfield Historical Society
Patterson, Daniel, ed. Early American Nature Writers. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.
Smithsonian Institution Online. Catlin Virtual Exhibition. http://americanart.si.edu/catlin/highlights.html
Watson, Bruce. "Georgre Catlin's Obsession." Smithsonian Magazine, December 2002. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/george-catlins-obsession-72840046/?no-ist
Do you have more information for the Ledger?
If you have family papers, objects, or any other details you would like to share, or if you would like to obtain a copy of an image for publication, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.