Auction 112, Lot 749

"[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. These prints show the Choctaw ball-play game, or lacrosse, which Catlin witnessed in Indian Territory in 1834. The first image is that of an exceptional player dressed in a wide, beaded belt and breechcloth with a horsehair 'tail' attached to his belt and 'mane' around his neck to supplement his speed and strength. The other image is of players dancing prior to the commencement of the game.


Condition: B

Some light offsetting affecting a couple of the images.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/28/2005