An enthralling show of George Catlin’s portraits of endangered American Indians in the 19th-century
By Andrew Graham-Dixon
In 1830, under the rapaciously expansionist presidency of Andrew Jackson, American Congress passed the Indian Removal Act. Native American tribes were forced ever westwards and those who resisted were killed or forcibly removed from their lands.
To June 23. Free entry; npg.org.uk
During the 1830s Pennsylvanian-born artist George Catlin (1796-1872) made five trips to the western United States to document the Native American peoples and their way of life. The resulting portraits have become one of the most extensive, evocative and important records of indigenous peoples ever made.
Organised in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington