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Eeh-nís-kim, Crystal Stone, Wife of the Chief

"I have also placed upon my canvas [Crystal Stone]; her countenance is rather pleasing, which is an uncommon thing amongst the Blackfeet---her dress is made of skins, and being the youngest of a bevy of six or eight, and the last one taken under his [the chief's] guardianship, was smiled upon with great satisfaction." Crystal Stone was the youngest wife of the Blackfoot chief Buffalo Bull's Back Fat, the "apple of his eye" and "exempted... from the drudgeries of the camp." George Catlin painted this work at Fort Union in the upper Midwest in 1832. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 1, no. 5, 1841; reprint 1973)

Credit: Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr....

1832
Oil on canvas
73.7 x 60.9cm
1985.66.150
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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