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Friday 4 October 2013New book captures a unique moment in American history

George Catlin’s American Buffalo George Catlin’s American Buffalo Adam Duncan Harris

George Catlin’s American Buffalo will be published by D Giles Limited, in association with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in September 2013. It presents over 40 oil paintings by George Catlin (1796–1872), which today are an enduring symbol of the American landscape and wilderness.

“What a beautiful and thrilling specimen for America to preserve and hold up to the view of her refined citizens and the world, in future ages! A nation’s Park, containing man and beast, in all the wild and freshness of their nature’s beauty” George Catlin, Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs, and Conditions of the North American Indians, (1844) In 1832 Catlin was one of the first artists of European descent to travel up the Missouri river, following and painting the buffalo and the Native Americans who hunted them. In their almost photographic intensity and scientific attention to detail his art captures for posterity a landscape, a species and a way of life that would be virtually obliterated in less than a generation. Catlin was a complex character; a man of his age, part of that huge growth in scientific study and exploration that blossomed in America in the first half of the 19th century, but whose ideas often flew in the face of the contemporary push to colonize the prairie. Numerous extracts from his travel journals show how his paintings were part of a wider manifesto to create a “nation’s park” to protect the plains and the Native Americans who inhabited them. Catlin was, in effect, an early proponent of what would become the National Parks, 40 years before the creation of Yellowstone in 1872. George Catlin’s American Buffalo is a timely publication in today’s ecological debate about the future of America’s Great Plains and the need to find a sustainable balance between the demands of agriculture and mineral extraction on the one hand, and the protection of the landscape and environment on the other. The accompanying travelling exhibition has the following dates and venues: National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WY, May 10, 2013–August 25, 2013; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, October 1, 2013–December 29, 2013; Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, FL, October 4, 2014–January 1, 2015; Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, NC, February 12, 2015–May 3, 2015 Adam Duncan Harris has been the Petersen Curator of Art and Research at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY, since 2000. His most recent publications include Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct (2012), George McLean: The Living Landscape (2010) and Wildlife in American Art: Masterworks from the National Museum of Wildlife Art (2009) GEORGE CATLIN’S AMERICAN BUFFALO Adam Duncan Harris RRP: US$49.95/UK£30.00 Hardback ISBN 978-1-907804-32-8 136 pages, 279 × 254 mm, (10 × 11 in) 59 colour illustrations Publication date: September 2013 Publisher: D Giles Limited, London Distributed in the US and Canada by CBSD, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution Phone: 612/746-2600 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) http://www.cbsd.com Distributed in the UK and Rest of World (excluding US and Canada) by ACC .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Phone: +44 (0)1394 389 950 For Further Information and Review Copies: In the USA contact: Karen Lunstead, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Tel: 845 297 4569 In the UK contact: Liz Japes .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Tel: +44 (0)1273 480 711

George Catlin’s American Buffalo opens May 10

George Catlin’s American Buffalo opens at Reynolda House Museum next week

George Catlin’s American Buffalo is now on at Wichita Art Museum

George Catlin’s American Buffalo into last week at Palm Springs Art Museum