Auction 139, Lot 721

"Dacota Indianerin und Assiniboin Madchen. Indienne Dacota et Jeune Fille Assiniboine. Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl.", Bodmer, Karl

Subject: Prints - Native American

Period: 1841 (published)

Publication: Travels in the Interior of North America

Color: Black & White

Size:
11 x 15 inches
27.9 x 38.1 cm

Karl Bodmer, (1809-1893), is among the most important 19th-century artists of the American West and Native Americans. Bodmer accompanied the German prince, Maximilian of Wied, on an expedition up the Missouri River in 1832. With Bodmer in charge of the pictorial documentary, Prince Maximilian, an experienced and respected traveler and naturalist, set out to put together as complete a study as possible of the western territories of the United States. The result was the publication of Maximilian's journals in successive German, French, and English editions between 1839 and 1844, and with it, a picture atlas of eighty-one aquatint engravings of Bodmer's watercolor paintings. The images presented the peoples of the Manadan, Cree, Sioux, Blackfoot, Minnataree, Assiniboin, and Gros Ventres tribes. The images are beautifully rendered landscapes, portraits, and scenes of Indian life which are now regarded as one of the most comprehensive and memorable visual surveys of the western territories ever made. Bodmer's original watercolors are in the permanent collection of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. These aquatints are the only Bodmer images available to collectors.

Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) is one of the most important 19th-century artists of the American West and Native Americans. Bodmer accompanied the German prince, Maximilian of Wied, on an expedition up the Missouri River in 1832. The aquatint engravings that resulted from that expedition are among the finest and most important representations of the Native Americans of the Mid-west.

This aquatint (Tab. 9) shows a Dakota woman with a captured Assiniboin girl. The Assiniboin was a tribe that lived in the Northern Plains of the United States and Canada. As with other Bodner engravings, great detail is taken in showing the intricate dress, robes, beadwork and footwear. This edition shows the title in German, French and English. The plate mark is 14 x 19" and sheet size is 21.5 x 26.3". Engraved by P. Legrand, printed by de Bougeard and published by Ackermann & Co., London.

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Condition: A

Strong impression on heavy wove paper. There is a tiny amount of foxing along the plate mark, else fine.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Unsold

Closed on 2/15/2012

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