George Catlin, born Wilkes-Barre, PA 1796-died Jersey City, NJ 1872
oil on canvas
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
Luce Center Label
No Heart was chief of the Iowas, and when he sat for George Catlin in 1832, he was, the artist later wrote, “tastefully dressed with a buffalo robe wrapped around him, with a necklace of grizzly bear's claws on his neck; with shield, bow, and quiver on, and a profusion of wampum strings on his neck.” Catlin probably painted No Heart at Fort Leavenworth, in present-day Kansas. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 34, 1841; reprint 1973)