Bodmer - Hundeschlitten
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Karl Bodmer - Dog-sledges of the Mandan Indians.
“Hundeschlitten der Mandan Indianer, Traineaux a chiens des Indiens Mandans. Dog-sledges of the Mandan Indians.“ - Vig. XXIX.
The Mandan Indians are a Native American tribe that historically lived about 1800 along the banks of the Missouri River. They were speakers of Mandan, a Siouan language.
Here they are shown with dog sledges travelling over an iced up river landscape, loaded with household goods of a family moving back to their summer villages from the winter one, high in the woods. Dogs were preferred for such transport because they were lighter and could race across the snow without breaking its crust.
Handcoloured aquatint and etching by Laderer (unidentifed) and Johann Hürlimann (1793-1850) after watercolours and drawings by Karl Bodmer (Joslyn's collection KBA 291, 292, 293), from Prince Maximilian's “Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834”.
First state (Ruud 2004, p 313) for a German or French edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837-43, on wove paper (papier vélin), published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-42 or by Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1840-43.
Plate mark: 24 x 34 cm, paper size: 30 x 44,5 cm. With blind stamp: C.BODMER.