Bodmer - Missouri River
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Karl Bodmer - Punka Indians. Encamped on the Banks of the Missouri.
“Campirende Puncta-Indianer am ufer des Missouri. Indiens Poncas Campés sur les bords de Missouri. Punka Indians Encamped on the Banks of the Missouri.“ - Vig. XI.
The Punkas (or Poncas) lived near Bazil Creek along the river in eight or nine tipis. Bodmer watched them from onboard the steamer Yellow Stone as the natives were collected to board the vessel. Maximilian found the scene lively, full of curious children and adults wrapped in furs or blankets. Bodmer made a watercolour sketch of the scene.
Aquatint and etching by Frédéric Salathé (1793-1858) after a watercolour painting and drawings by Karl Bodmer, from Prince Maximilian's “Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834”.
First state (Ruud 2004, p 265) for a German or French edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837-43, on large wove paper (papier vélin), published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-42 or by Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1840-43.
Plate mark: 23,5 x 33 cm, paper size: 44 x 61 cm (printed on large paper). With blind stamp: C. BODMER.