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Bodmer's America

KARL BODMER'S ILLUSTRATIONS

TO PRINCE MAXIMILIAN OF WIED-NEUWIED'S

TRAVELS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTH AMERICA 1832-1834

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Bodmer's America - Tableau 23 - Pehriska-Ruhpa in the Costume of the Dog Dance - Click the image for more information on this portrait

BODMER'S AMERICA - A PROSPECTUS

A new edition from the original plates published by Alecto Historical Editions, London, in association with the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, commencing mcmxc.

A rare opportunity for 125 people to acquire a complete set of Karl Bodmer's illustrations to Prince Maximilian of Wied Neuwied's Travels in the Interior of' North America 1832-1834, hand-printed from the original plates.

In 1833 Prince Maximilian, a German nobleman, and Karl Bodmer, a Swiss artist, embarked on a voyage of discovery along the Upper Missouri.

In the context of American cultural history it provided a remarkable opportunity as it happened just before the unspoiled West was to change irrevocably.

Maximilian and Bodmer arrived just in time.

Bodmer's depiction of the settlements visited, the extraordinary landscapes observed and his portraits of Blackfeet, Crow, Cree, Mandan, Hidatsa and Sioux Indians have never been surpassed.

His work is acknowledged as one of the finest records of Indian life over published. Yet only 3 years later, many of the fierce warriors who sat patiently before Bodmer had disappeared. Although they believed his drawings would protect them in battle, they weren't powerful enough to protect them from white man's diseases like smallpox, which virtually exterminated once mighty tribes like the Mandan.

Bodmer and Maximilian took their images home to Europe where Bodmer spent several years supervising the engraving and printing of them.

They were published in Paris between 1839 and 1843 and for many years Europeans had a truer picture of frontier America than Americans had themselves. But in 1948 Bodmer's original plates were rediscovered by an anthropologist at Castle Wied and finally found their way to the States and into the safekeeping of the Joslyn Art Museum.

Now for the first time since their rediscovery a numbered edition of 125 prints has been pulled from each of the 81 original plates.

They are hand-printed in London by Alecto Historical Editions, a company renowned for its valued limited editions from the original plates of J. J. Audubon and Joseph Banks, the botanist who accompanied Capt. Cook on his voyage to Australia.

Each engraving is printed in color 'à la poupée' with extensive hand coloring heightened by gum arabic in the nineteenth century manner.

The complete edition of 81 plates is available at a price of $85,000. Some single plates are available. Prices may be found in the on-line illustrated catalogue linked to this page.

Of course many sets have already been claimed by museums throughout the nation but the remainder are now being made available to individuals. Once the project is completed the plates will be returned to the Joslyn where they will remain unavailable for printing until the middle of the next century.


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