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Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl. Tab 9.

  • ARTIST: Karl Bodmer

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

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint, mezzotint and line engraving,

    DATE: 1839-44.

  • EDITION SIZE: Plate size 18 5/8 x 14 3/8" (50 x 36.5 cm) plus margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: Ch. Bodmer ad nat. pinx. Engraved by Hurlimann. 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. These two individuals were painted at different times and locations. The woman was drawn at Fort Pierre in June 1833, the girl several months later at Fort Union.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: First state (of two), English imp. "London, published by Ackermann & Co." Undated. Bodmer blind stamp below publication line.

  • CONDITION: Good condition. Black & white.

  • REFERENCE: Rudd 9, pp. 109-111.