Painting the Wild Frontier: The Art and Adventures of George Catlin

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008 - JUVENILE NONFICTION - 160 pages
George Catlin is one of America's best-known painters, famous for his iconic portraits of Native Americans. He spent much of his life in the wilderness, sketching and painting as he traveled. A solo trek across 500 miles of uncharted prairie, an expedition to the Andes, harrowing encounters with grizzly bears and panthers, and tours of the royal palaces of Europe were among his many adventures. In an era when territorial expansion resulted in the near annihilation of many indigenous cultures, George Catlin dedicated himself to meeting and writing about the native peoples of the western hemisphere. With his ?Indian Gallery” of paintings and artifacts, he toured the United States and Europe, stirring up controversy and creating a sensation.
Award-winning author Susanna Reich combines excerpts from Catlin's letters and notes with vivid depictions of his far-flung travels. Generously illustrated with archival prints and photos and Catlin's own magnificent paintings, here is a rollicking, accessible biography that weaves meticulously researched history into a fascinating frontier and jungle adventure story.
 

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Contents

An Unexpected Death
12
The Dog vs Little Bear
26
Black Hawk in Chains
46
THE SHOWMAN 183754
54
The Talk of the Town
63
The Indian Gallery Takes London by Storm
68
Loss
78
Bankrupt
84
HOME AT LAST 186172
111
Alone in the Tower
118
Afterword
125
Painters of the West
133
Timeline
140
Notes
146
Index
156
Copyright

Northward on the Sally Anne
96

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Susanna Reich is the author of Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso, which was named an ALA Notable Children's Book, a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. She lives with her husband, author Gary Golio, in Ossining, New York. For more information please visit www.susannareich.com.