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The North American Indian Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska

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The North American Indian Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska

Artist: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Author: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Publisher: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Editor: Frederick Webb Hodge (American, 1864 - 1956)

Date: 1909
Medium: ink on paper, photogravure on paper; bound brown leather spine and corners with gold embossing on spine, tan fabric boards
Dimensions:
13 × 10 1/4 × 2 1/8 inches (33 × 26 × 5.4 cm)
Classification: Documentary Artifacts
Inscribed: 4479 (lower center on title page, in ink); cat. 4/29/31 (top left edge of title page, in pencil)
Markings: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY LIBRARY (stamp, on title page); HOLLAND (watermark on title page, along right edge, vertical); VAN GELD (watermark, along left side bottom edge, backwards)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 2013
Object number: 2013.2.24
DescriptionApsaroke, Hidatsa
Label Text:Volume Four is open to “Apsaroke Horse Trappings." Curtis noted that the Apsaroke had beautiful garments. “Their saddle-horses also were bedecked in gorgeous trappings.” Curtis published several illustrations in the text volumes with color added. The idea for including color may have come from lectures Curtis gave to promote his publication. He hand colored glass slides and projected them during these talks.
Provenance: Acquired by subscription directly from the artist by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.[1]; purchased December 6, 2012 through (Christies, New York, New York,[2]) by (Arader Galleries, New York, New York); purchased June 10, 2013 through (Arader Galleries, New York, New York) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | [1] This set was stored in the National Geographic Society’s archive housed in the Society’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. | [2] "The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration," December 6, 2012, Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, sale 2603, lot 65
Exhibitions:
  • Lasting Impressions: The Work of Edward S. Curtis