Auction 112, Lot 747

"[Lot of 2 - Native Americans]", Catlin, George

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1848 (published)

Publication: Nord-Amerikas Och De…

Color: Hand Color

5 x 7.7 inches
12.7 x 19.6 cm

These two prints are from a series of very rare Swedish prints based on the work of George Catlin. In 1841, Catlin issued an account of his travels among the Indians titled Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians. Three years later he had some of his paintings made into folio prints for his North American Indian Portfolio. A few years later, an abridged Swedish edition of his Letters and Notes was published containing 23 colored lithographs that were modified versions of the prints from the Portfolio. These are amongst the most unusual and rare prints after Catlin, issued within a few years of the original Portfolio. These prints are tinted lithographs finished with original water color. This pair of images is derived from Catlin's dual portrait of the Assiniboin chief Wi-jun-jon and his transformation upon his visit to Washington. Prior to the trip he is shown in his finest clothing of buckskin, eagle feathers and beaded moccasins, holding a sacred peace pipe. This is contrasted with the portrait of him dressed in a cavalry uniform, with a pink feather is his top hat, holding an umbrella and a fancy fan.


Condition: B

Some minor offsetting of light foxing.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/28/2005