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Auction 115, Lot 762

"[Lot of 4 - Native Americans]", Catlin, George

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1848 (published)

Publication: Nord-Amerikas Indianer

Color: Hand Color

5 x 8 inches
12.7 x 20.3 cm
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These 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 features the famous Buffalo Dance image and also includes two rare self portraits by Catlin. The first shows Catlin mounted and being pursued by a wounded buffalo, the second has Catlin conferring with a chief. The last engraving shows a brave in buckskins hunting a herd of antelope from a mound. He has used a red flag to attract the curious animals.


Condition: A

Very nice images with wide margins with a bit of minor foxing in margins.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $300

Closed on 6/21/2006