Auction 126, Lot 801

"Mahsette-Kuiuab. Chief of the Cree - Indians", Bodmer, Karl

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1839-1844 (published)

Publication: Travels in the Interior of North America

Color: Hand Color

10 x 9 inches
25.4 x 22.9 cm

This famous Cree chief was also known as Le Sonnant. His extensive body tatooing is shown in great detail. Le Sonnant was an important chief at the 1817 Rush-Bagot Convention at Red River. The convention is generally considered the real end to the wars of 1812 as it demilitarized the Great Lakes. This aquatint is vignette XXII. The platemark is 9.8" x 12.8" and paper is sized 12.4" x 18.2, with the original embossed stamp: "C. Bodmer" below the title.


Condition: A

Very strong, dark impression with fine hand coloring and full margins. A few foxing spots in upper and lower margins well away from image.

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500


Closed on 12/3/2008