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Pehriska-Ruhpa. [Minatarri Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Dance.]. Tab. 23.

  • ARTIST: Karl Bodmer

  • PUBLISHER: Published in Paris, A. Bertrand.; Coblenz, J. Holscher; and London by Ackermann & Co.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint engraving,

    DATE: 1839-44.

  • EDITION SIZE: Plate size 20 1/4 x 14 5/8" (51.5 x 37 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Engraved by Rene Rollet. Printed by Bougeard, Paris. Published for "Travels in the Interior of North America during the years 1832-34" by Maximilian, Prince of Wied-Neuwied. In 1832, the German prince, Maximilian of Wied, organized an expedition to explore the region along the Missouri River. He was accompanied by Karl Bodmer, a young Swiss artist, who recorded in pictorial form much of what he observed. Following the Lewis & Clark trail up the Missouri River, they traveled 5,000 miles during the course of a year. Maximilian kept detailed notes on a day-by-day basis for his book, which was published six years later in German, French, and English editions and included Bodmer's aquatint engravings. Karl Bodmer's landscapes, portraits, and splendid scenes of Indian life are regarded today as first-rate picture histories of the Western frontier at that time. This image is considered by many to be the finest plate in the entire set.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: First state (of three). English imp. "London, published by Ackermann & Co." Undated. Mis-numbered Tab 28. (Finally corrected to 23 in the third state.). Bodmer blind stamp below publication line.

  • CONDITION: Very good condition. Black and white.