George Catlin art exhibit at Interpretive Center

An exhibit of all 25 original lithographs in the George Catlin’s Hunting Scenes and Amusements collection opens Thursday, March 1, at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn. The exhibit runs through October 31.

The collection represents some of the earliest published images of the Upper Great Plains. George Catlin travelled through much of the central and western United States in the 1830s, writing about and painting the lives and cultures of the Native American people he met. In London in 1844, he contracted with the legendary print shop of Day and Haghe to publish full-color lithographs based on his paintings. In 2008, Bismarck philanthropist Alvera Bergquist helped the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center acquire a first edition set for its collection.

The exhibit is displayed in the popular “salon style” of the 19th century, also used by George Catlin. It refers to hanging multiple artworks vertically on the wall. The original protective case for storing the lithographs and Catlin’s original portfolio guide from 1844 will also be on display. Reproductions of this guide are available for visitors to take, allowing them to read a narrative of each artwork in Catlin’s own words.

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is located at the intersection of U.S Highway 83 and ND 200A in Washburn. Admission to the exhibit is included in the normal entry fee to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

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