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In this painting George Winter captures the riverside activities of the Potawatomi, including women washing and tending cooking pots on a rocky inlet on the Wabash River near Logansport. The setting is clearly idealized with its feathery trees and fluffy clouds painted in the manner of European painters of previous centuries. Winter’s journals, sketches, and paintings today also serve as rare records documenting the lives of Indiana’s native inhabitants from a time before photography became common.
Seeking adventure, Winter traveled to Logansport, Indiana, in 1837 from his home in Cincinnati when he learned that a council would take place there to address the fate of the Potawatomi. They, along with the Miami, were slated for removal from northern Indiana to points west of the Mississippi River. The absence of Native Americans in his later paintings, shown nearby in this gallery, is a testimony to the tragedy of the forced removal.
The artist; Blackburn family, San Francisco; Blackburn Estate; (Atelier Dore, San Francisco); (Gerald Peters Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming); Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. [1918-2008], Indianapolis, Indiana; given by bequest to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2009 (TR10964).