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BODMER, Karl (1809-1893)
The Elkhorn Pyramid on the Upper Missouri
Paris, Coblenz and London, 1842. Aquatint engraving by A. Fournier after Bodmer, proof on india paper mounted, blindstamp. A rare India proof. In July 1833, between Forts Union and McKenzie, the keelboat Flora stopped to allow Maximilian and his party to examine a remarkable cairn of elk antlers on the prairie, just inland from the Missouri River. The ground in all directions was littered with the antlers cast during the bulls' annual shedding. Each Blackfoot hunting party had collected antlers as they passed, adding them to the growing pile, and sometimes marking them with red paint to indicate the number in the party. Intended as a charm to ensure a successful hunt, by the time it was sketched by Bodmer it was over fifteen feet high and contained over a thousand antlers.Karl Bodmer's images show great versatility and technical virtuosity and give us a uniquely accomplished and detailed picture of a previously little understood (and soon to vanish) way of life. Swiss-born Bodmer was engaged by Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied (1782-1867) specifically to provide a record of his travels in North America, principally among the Plains Indians. In the company of David Dreidoppel (Prince Maximilian's servant and hunting companion), their travels in North America were to last from 1832 to 1834. Well-armed with information and advice, the party finally left St.Louis, on the most important stage of their travels, aboard the steamer Yellow Stone on April 10 1833. They proceeded up the treacherous Missouri River along the line of forts established by the American Fur Company. At B … [Click Below for Full Description]
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