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North American Indians [plate]
1845. CATLIN, George.North American Indians.New York: James Ackerman's Lithographic Rooms, [1845].A fine image from Catlin?'s North American Indian Portfolio, one of the most important accounts of Native American life, depicting three Native Americans "representing three different tribes, of various latitudes": an Osage warrior, from a southern latitude; an Iroquois ("an almost extinguished tribe"), with his tomahawk in hand, from a northern climate, and a Pawnee woman, from an intermediate latitude. Handsomely framed.After seeing a delegation of Indians in Philadelphia, Catlin resolved "to use my art and so much of the labors of my future life as might be required in rescuing from oblivion the looks and customs of the vanishing race of the native man in America" (DAB). Between 1830 and 1836, painting some 600 portraits of Indians, their villages and their lives, he produced one of the most important and sought-after works in American ethnology, the North American Indian Portfolio. Catlin lived among almost all the important tribes, scattered throughout the Upper Missouri, the headwaters of the Mississippi, and the Southwest. Later he transported his "Indian Gallery" throughout the eastern United States and Europe in a vain attempt to arouse public sympathy for the Indians; he dedicated his life to his mission and died destitute. This is plate No. 1 from his Portfolio, first published in London in 1844 with 25 hand-colored lithographs. Abbey notes that "copies are also found with the imprint New York: James Ackerman, 1845"--this plate is from that early New York issue. "The American edition of the Indian Portfolio was produced by the New York lithographer James Ackerman entirely separately from the English versions. In his preface Ackerman proudly stated that he had demonstrated American craftsmanship superior to English at a lower cost. Despite his admirable efforts the book sold very poorly, as its absence from contemporary American collections and its notable rarity today attests" (Beinecke Library).See Abbey, Travel 653; Sabin 11532.Fine condition.
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