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Octavo size prints by George Catlin

[ Pritchard's Natural History | Swedish edition ]
[ Page with folio prints from Catlin's Portfolio ]


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Portraits by George Catlin. From James C. Prichard’s The Natural History of Man. London: Hippolyte Balliere, [1844]. Octavo (9 1/2" x 5 1/2" full sheet). Etchings. Original hand color. Some with paper time toned and edge stains. Overall, very good condition. Contact us for more detailed condition report.

About the same time that Catlin was having his portfolio produced, James Prichard borrowed a number of the images of Catlin’s paintings for his scientific publication, the Natural History of Man. Prichard began the research for his study in 1813, intending to establish that the human race originally was all dark-skinned. He modified this view over the years, but still concluded that the human race was all one species, one family. Eventually Prichard gathered all available research about various races of humankind and his work became an important foundation for modern ethnological science. Included in Prichard’s History were fine portraits of different human races taken from original drawings of various artists, most notably these by George Catlin. Based on first hand studies made in the field by Catlin, these prints provide us with some of the most authentic images of Plains Indians from the mid-nineteenth century.

GoGo to page with other portraits of natives of North America and elsewhere, from Prichard's Natural History.




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Prints after George Catlin. From Nord-Amerikas Och De, Under Ett Attaarigt Vistande Bland De Vildaste Af DerasStammar Upplefvade Afventyr Och Oden… Stockholm, 1848. Ca. 5 x 8. Tinted lithographs with original hand color. Some slight surface blemishes, but overall very good condition.

From a series of very rare Swedish prints based on the work of George Catlin. In 1841, Catlin issued an account of his travels amongst the Indians, Letters and Notes on the Manners, Customs and Condition of the North American Indians, and then three years later he had some of his paintings made into folio prints for his North American Indian Portfolio. A few years later, an abridged Swedish edition of his Letters and Notes was published containing 23 colored lithographs that were modified versions of the prints from the Portfolio. A similar edition after Catlin, in German, appeared in Brussels the same year. These are amongst the most unusual and rare prints after Catlin, issued within a few years of the original Portfolio.



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