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George Winter

(1810 - 1876)

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Biography

George Winter was born in England and studied art there before emigrating to America in 1830.  He studied at the National Academy of Design for three years before moving to Indiana.  His reputation is based on the paintings of Indians and their lives, which he executed while living in Logansport from 1836 until 1851, and in Lafayette until his death in 1876.

Through his relationship with both the Miami and Potawatomi Indians, which was based on his deep respect for their traditions and culture, Winter was afforded the rare opportunity to sketch the natives from life and to learn about the tribe’s history and rituals. Moreover he kept records in which he documented accounts of his paintings and the circumstances depicted in them.