An exhibit of all 25 original lithographs in the George Catlin’s Hunting Scenes and Amusements collection opened Thursday at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn. The exhibit runs through Oct. 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 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 original protective case for storing the lithographs and Catlin’s original portfolio guide from 1844 will also be on display.
A series of bronzes by renowned western artist Bob Scriver accompanies this exhibit.
The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is located 40 miles north of Bismarck at the intersection of U.S. 83 and North Dakota Highway 200A in Washburn. Admission to the exhibit is included in the normal entry fee.