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George Catlin
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Birth Date:July 26, 1796
Astrology Sign:Leo
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Died Date:December 23, 1872


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George Catlin

Biography:George Catlin (1796 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania - December 23, 1872 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was an American painter who specialized in portraits of Native Americans in the Old West. He was the fifth of 14 children. Both his mother and grandmother had been captives of Indians.

Catlin left a law career to paint Native Americans and "to rescue from oblivion their primitive looks and customs." He taught himself painting and painted indians he met in St. Louis or on excursions into Indian country, sketching and painting some 600 Indian portraits, scenes of native life and landscapes. He also documented his paintings with notes on customs of the approximate 48 tribes he contacted..

Catlin formed some of the earliest Wild West Shows in order to highlight the plight of the Native Americans and show their culture. He travelled the United States east coast and Europe with his shows, showing his paintings, so-called Catlin Cartoon Collection. Bankrupt by 1852, he sold his works to a private collector, Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. whose heirs later donated them to the Smithsonian. After the bankruptcy, Catlin travelled widely in the American West and in South America.

His works are the only known portrayals of some western tribes, including the bulk of those of the Mandan tribe, which he believed was descended from the Welsh.

Personality and Character Cards:
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George Catlin's Personality Tarot Card Justice - Personality Card

Birthday: July 26, 1796

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.

George Catlin's Character Tarot Card The High Priestess - Character Card

Birthday: July 26, 1796

Wisdom, secrets to be revealed, and the development of intuition.

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George Catlin's Growth Tarot Card The Chariot

Birthday: July 26, 2017

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.




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