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Forest Scene on the Tobihanna; Alleghany Mountains. Vig. IV.

  • ARTIST: Karl Bodmer

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Ackermann & Co., London.

  • MEDIUM: Aquatint engraving,

    DATE: 1843-44.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 6 1/2 x 10 3/4" (170 x 275 mm) plus title and margins.

  • DESCRIPTION: Scarce aquatint engraving after Karl Bodmer. From the Atlas accompanying Prince Maximilian of Weid's Reise in das Innere Nord-America in den Jahren 1832 bis 1834. Published Coblenz, Paris and London, 1839-41. Bodmer, a trained Swiss artist, accompanied Maximilian's expedition up the Missouri River in 1833-34 to create a pictorial reocrd of the landscape and Indian life encountered. The 81 engravings that resulted are considered by most experts to be the finest artistic record of the american plains tribes ever executed. Fewer than 1,000 sets are thought to have been done. The same copper plates were used for all editions. The party travelled on the American Fur Company's Yellowstone, the first steamer to ascend the Missouri River as far as Fort Pierre. From there they proceeded to Fort Union on the smaller Assiniboin, and thence to Fort McKenzie by keelboat. After a month, the expedition returned to Fort Clark to winter among the Mandans. Thirteen months after their departure, Maximilian and Bodmer returned to St. Louis. It took four more years before Maximilian's scientific account and Bodmer's magnificent engravings were published. Today Maximilian's journal and field notes and Bodmer's watercolors are owned by the Northern Natural Gas Company of Omaha, where they are on exhibit at the Joslyn Art Museum.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Vignette 4 from TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTH AMERICA 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 all 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. Engraved by L. Weber. Printed by de Bougeard.

  • CONDITION: Good condition. Uncolored.