Catlli George an American artist, born at Wilkesbarre, Penn., in 1796, died in Jersey City, K J., Dec. 23, 1872. He studied law in Connecticut, and practised there for two years. Afterward he devoted himself to painting in Philadelphia, without any previous instruction. Some Sioux Indians arriving on a delegation in the city, he was struck with their appearance, and determined to visit their homes. He started from St. Louis in 1832, in a steamer called the Yellowstone, being greatly assisted by Pierre Chouteau, one of the owners of the boat. After a passage of three months he reached the mouth of the Yellowstone river, where he was left. He visited during the next eight years about 48 tribes, numbering in the aggregate 400,000 souls, and collected much information concerning their habits and character. He returned to the east by the way of the Indian territory, Arkansas, and Florida, and after finishing his Indian portraits and scenes sailed for Europe in 1840. In 1841 he published in London " Illustrations of the Manners, Customs, and Condition of the North American Indians," containing 300 steel engravings (2 vols. 8vo); in 1844, a portfolio of hunting scenes in the west containing 25 plates; in 1848, notes of his eight years' travels in Europe with his collection of paintings; in 1804, a curious volume called "The Breath of Life, or Shut your Mouth," showing the hygienic importance of exclusive breathing through the nostrils.

After several visits to and long residence in Europe, exhibiting and endeavoring to sell his Indian gallery, he returned to the United States in 1871, where he remained until his death.