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Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952) Nine Photogravures from Volume 15 and One from Volume 16 from The North American Indian, bo

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American & European Works of Art - 3029B
Date / Time :
September 27, 2017 12:00PM


Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952)

Nine Photogravures from Volume 15 and One from Volume 16 from The North American Indian, both published 1926, including Plate 512, A Serrano Woman of Tejon; Plate 522, Desert Cahuilla Woman; Plate 523, Andres Canon; Plate 526, A Diegueno of Capitan Grande; Plate 527, A Diegueno Woman of Santa Ysabel; Plate 530, A Diegueno Woman of Campo; Plate 532, A Diegueno of Santa Ysabel; Plate 534, Shores of Walker Lake; and Plate 574, Paguate. Photogravures on Japon vellum except for Plate 523, which is on Japanese tissue, and Plate 574, which is on Van Gelder paper, image sizes to 15 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (39.5 x 29.4 cm), several matted, all unframed.
Condition: Vellum sheets with deckled edges, 522, 523, 532, and 534 gently light-struck, all with slightly discolored edges.

Provenance: A private Massachusetts collection.

N.B. Edward Sheriff Curtis is best known for his herculean effort to document the North American Indian through photographs and recordings of song and speech. As the western United States was developed, he endeavored to record the vanishing cultures of the land's original inhabitants, creating a body of work that at the time defined the country's popular vision of Native American culture. Curtis began his fieldwork in 1906 with the support of financier J. Pierpont Morgan, and by 1930 he had documented more than eighty tribes and made over 40,000 photographs.
Estimate $1,500-2,500

Sheet sizes to 21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in. (55.0 x 45.0 cm).

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