SALISBURY — George Catlin and his Portraits of Indigenous America from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum will be the focus of a free Scoville Memorial Library presentation on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. on Zoom.

The American painter George Catlin left a remarkable record of the lives of American Indians in the 1830s, a library announcement said.

The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., holds the largest collection of Catlin works in the world, hundreds of paintings documenting the experiences of peoples he feared were doomed, as Americans moved from East to West in search of land, the announcement said.

This presentation, by Dr. Donna Fowler, docent at the museum, will provide background information on the artist and a broad overview of Catlin’s work, setting it in historical context and closely examining his style, subject choices, and artistic intentions.

The Zoom link is available on the library’s online events page. For more information, call 860-435-2838 or visit the library’s website.

Connecticut Media Group