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Assiniboin Indians. Tab. 32.

  • 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 20 1/4 x 14 1/4" (50.8 x 36.6 cm)

  • DESCRIPTION: Ch. Bodmer pinx ad nat. Engraved by C. Geoffroy. 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. A fine image of two Assiniboin warriors that were drawn at Fort Union in June, 1833.

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

  • CONDITION: Good condition. Black and white.

  • REFERENCE: Rudd #32, pp. 187-188.