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Title Karl Bodmer’s pencil, pen, and watercolor drawings prepared to illustrate Prince Maximilian of Wied’s Travels in the interior of North America [graphic]
Artist Bodmer, Karl (1809-1893)
Document Type Art
Description The collection contains forty-three drawings done mostly in pencil, pen, or watercolor by Karl Bodmer. These drawings depict various American Indian tribes including village scenes and life, individual portraits, and landscape drawings of their route up the Missouri River. Some of these preliminary studies were executed while on the expedition, but the majority were later done by Bodmer in his Paris studio. Many of these served as models for the eighty-one aquatints that were issued separately between 1839 and 1843 to accompany Maximilian’s travel account.
Places Missouri River, United States
Keywords indigenous peoples, social life, society, culture, family life, custom, ceremony, ritual, dance, encampment, recreation, women, chief, ethnography, ethnology, anthropology, funeral, art
Theme Observation, Representation and Cultural Encounters
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Great Plains
Physical Description 3 boxes (43 drawings): mixed media, including pencil, pen, and watercolor; 63 x 52 cm.
Additional Information Swiss artist Karl Bodmer accompanied Prince Maximilian of Wied on a two-year natural science expedition to the American West in 1832-1834. During this expedition, Bodmer produced a large quantity of field sketches and watercolors depicting the North American landscape and the American Indian. Later upon his return to Europe, Bodmer set up residence in Paris and supervised the preparation of eighty-one aquatints engraved after his original art work to accompany Maximilian’s expedition account, Travels in the interior of North America.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT oversize Ayer Art Bodmer
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue