Auction 114, Lot 681

"[Lot of 3 - Native Americans]", Catlin, George

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1848 (published)

Publication: Nord-Amerikas Indianer

Color: Hand Color

8.5 x 5 inches
21.6 x 12.7 cm

These 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 lot includes the capture of a wild horse by a beautifully painted and feathered brave, warriors in battle and a buffalo hunt. The warriors battling is a great image that features one brave hanging off the side of his horse with bow cocked. The buffalo hunt scene shows a brave simultaneously riding his horse and a buffalo. With one foot on each this has to be the inspiration for such 'dare-devil' tricks practiced by Buffalo Bill's show.


Condition: A

Fine coloring and full, original margins. A little light soiling or print offsetting in margins.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $300

Closed on 3/1/2006