Putting Things in Perspective

In collaboration with the Purdue University Libraries, a digital collection of George Winter's works and writings is available online
here.

George Winter

Biographical Information

George Winter (1809-1876) was born in England.  He frequented London's museums and galleries as a young man but apparently received no formal training in art.  In 1830 Winter emigrated to New York where he studied for a short time at the National Academy of Design.  In 1837, he arrived by a stagecoach in the frontier town of Logansport, Indiana, coming, as he said, "...to the Wabash for the purpose...of seeing and learning something of the Indians and exercising the pencil in the direction."

During his lifetime, Winter documented a vanishing culture.  He obtained the confidence of the Miami and Potawatomi Indians and had unique opportunities to sketch them as an artist, but, like an historian, he kept accurate records and wrote prolifically about his paintings and the subjects and circumstances of his works.

An extensive collection of the works of George Winter was donated to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association in 1986 by Mrs. Cable G. Ball, the widow of Winter's great grandson.  This gift to the Lafayette community includes manuscripts, letters, drawings, and paintings of this important 19th century artist.

D-Mouche Painting (Click for larger image) D-Mouche-Kee-Kee-Awh

Observed 1837; executed ca. 1863-71
Watercolor on paper
Intended for inclusion in George Winter's Indian Journals

Indian Burial Kee-Waw-Nay Village 1837

Executed ca. 1863-71
Watercolor on paper
Intended for inclusion in Geroge Winter's Indian journals

Indian Burial Painting (Click for larger image)
Potawatomi Camp Painting (Click for larger image) Potawatomi Camp Scene, Crooked Creek

The painting was created by the artist in late summer 1837 at a site near Logansport, Indiana.

Frances Slocum

Observed 1839; executed ca. 1863-71
Watercolor on paper
Intended for inclusion in George Winter's Deaf Man's Village Journal

Slocum Painting (Click for larger image)
Slocum Portrait (Click for larger image) Frances Slocum Portrait

Oil painting

Yo-Ca-Top-Kone

Observed 1837; executed ca. 1863-71
Watercolor on paper
Intended for inclusion in George Winter's Indian journals

Yo-Ca-Top-Come Painting (Click for larger image)