Prints by Karl Bodmer
[ Aquatints | Steel engravings ]
Prints from Travels In the Interior of North America in the Years 1832 to 1834. London: Ackermann and Company, 1839-1843. Aquatints. Except as noted: with blind stamps; full hand color; and very good condition.
Karl Bodmer, (1809-1893), is considered by many to be the greatest 19th-century artist to have produced prints of the American west. Bodmer and his patron, Prince Maximilian of Wied, came to America from Germany in 1832. With Bodmer in charge of the pictorial documentary, Prince Maximilian, an experienced and respected traveler and naturalist, set out to put together as complete a study as possible of the western territories of the United States. The result was the publication of Maximilian's journals in successive German, French, and English editions between 1839 and 1843, and with it, a picture atlas of eighty-one aquatint plates after paintings by Bodmer. This picture volume is now regarded as one of the most comprehensive and memorable visual surveys of the western territories ever made. The prints provide a rare and privileged glimpse into 19th-century America by one of the now most coveted artists of the period.
NB: Prints priced with an * indicate that the print is secured with archival rice paper hinges to a rag backing board and is sold as is. Print can be easily removed from the board by a professional paper conservator.
- Tab. 1. "Forest Scene on The Lehigh." 15 3/4 x 20 5/8. Uncolored. Some light spots in margins. $1,100
- Tab. 7. "Missouri Indian, Oto Indian, Chief of the Puncas." London: Ackermann, Novermber 1, 1840. 9 1/2 x 14 3/8. Second state. With Bodmer blind stamp. Framed. $3,500
- Tab. 14. "Mato-Tope." 17 x 12. Uncolored. $4,800
- Tab. 33. "Woman of the Snakee Tribe, Woman of the Cree Tribe." London: Ackermann, no date. 9 5/8 x 14 1/2. First state. With Bodmer blind stamp. Framed. $3,500
- Tab. 38. "Camp of the Gros Ventres of the Prairies on the upper Missouri." 10 x 12 1/4. Light hand color. $3,200
- Tab. 42. "Fort Mackenzie, August 28th, 1833." London: Ackermann, no date. 11 7/8 x 17 1/8. First state. With Bodmer blind stamp. One inch tear into image expertly repaired with a few repaired short tears along paper edges. $3,500*
- Tab. 45. "Mehkskeme-Skahs Blackfoot Chief and Tatsicki-Stomich Piekann Chief." London: Ackermann, no date. 10 3/8 x 15 9/16. First state. With Bodmer blind stamp. $3,500*
- Tab. 46. "Chief of the Blood Indians, War Chief of the Piekann Indians, Koutani Indian." London: Ackermann, no date. 9 3/4 x 15 3/8. Second state. With Bodmer blind stamp. Framed. $3,200
- VI. "Penitentiary Near Pittsburgh." 7 1/2 x 10 3/4. Uncolored. $750
- X. "Sauk and Fox Indians." London: Ackermann, no date. 7 1/8 x 11 3/8. Second state. With Bodmer blind stamp. Framed. $2,200
- XVI. "A Skin Lodge of an Assiniboin Chief." London: Ackermann, June 1, 1840. 6 1/2 x 9 1/4. Second state. With Bodmer blind stamp. $1,800*
- XX. "Mexkemahuastan Chief of the Gros-Ventres des Prairies." London: Ackermann, January 1, 1840. Second state. With Bodmer blind stamp. $2,600*
- XXV. "Dance of the Mandan Indians." London: Ackermann, November 1, 1840. 6 3/4 x 9 3/8. Second state. With Bodmer blind stamp. $2,600*
- XXVIII. "Dance of the Mandan Women." London: Ackermann, no date. 6 1/4 x 9 3/4. First state. Framed. With Bodmer blind stamp. $1,800
Prints from Graham's Magazine
After Karl Bodmer. From Graham's Magazine. Philadelphia, 1845. Steel engravings by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch. Some very light stains. Very good condition, except as noted.
Shortly after the atlas volume of Bodmer aquatints was issued, a series of reduced prints based on his images was published in the Philadelphia publication Graham's Magazine. These are finely copied steel engraving, making them contemporary and affordable examples of Bodmer's classic western images.
- "A Skin Lodge of an Assiniboin Chief." Spots in margin. $225
- "Mœnnitarre Warrior in the Costume of the Dog Dance" $250
- "Blackfoot Indian on Horseback." $175
- "Elkhorn Pyramid on the Upper Missouri." $125
- "Cave-In-Rock, on the Ohio." $125
- "Dacota Woman and Assiniboin Girl." $150
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