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Missouri Indian. Oto Indian. Chief of the Puncas. Tab. 7.

  • ARTIST: Karl Bodmer

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Ackermann & Co. London.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint, mezzotint, etching and roulette engraving,

    DATE: 1839-44.

  • EDITION SIZE: Plate size 14 1/8 x 19 3/16" (35.8 x 48.8 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Karl Bodmer pinx ad nat. 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 three individuals were drawn at different locations. The figure on the right is Schuh-De-Ga-Che (he who smokes) and was a Ponca Chief. The center figure is an un-named Oto Indian. The figure on the left is here simply titled Missouri Indian.


  • CONDITION: Good condition, minor spotting. Black and white.

  • REFERENCE: "Bodmer's North American Prints" edited by Brandon Rudd, Tab #7, pp. 103-106.