Karl Bodmer - Camp of the Gros Ventres on the upper Missouri.
“Lager der Gros Ventres des Prairies am obern Missouri. Camp des gros ventres des prairies sur le Missouri. Camp of the Gros Ventres of the Prairies on the upper Missouri.” - Tab: 38.
On August 5th, 1833 Maximilian and Bodmer came across a large Gros Ventres encampment while travelling up the Missouri River on a keelboat towards Fort Mc Kenzie. Many man almost overrun their small boat demanding trade goods.
Bodmer had little time to record this scene from life, since the large camp of over 200 tipies of the Atsina tribe besieged the keelboat. There were fears that the situation could turn hostile, so that only a cursory pencil sketch of the scene survives.
Original coloured aquatint and etching by Sigismond Himely (1801-1872), fine original colours, partly printed in colour, after a pencil drawing by Karl Bodmer (Joslyn's collection KBA 240), from Prince Maximilian's “Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834”.
First state (Ruud 2004, p 203) for a German or French edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837-43, on chine collé, published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-42 or by Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1840-43.
Plate mark: 34,5 x 42,5 cm, paper size: 41 x 49,5 cm. With blind stamp: C. BODMER.
Very nice original old colours, partly printed in colour. Paper somewhat toned, as usual for the original coloured prints, and a little bit stained, otherwise in a good to very good condition.