DescriptionS.T. FANSLER CABINET OF SITTING BULL. S.T. Fansler operated the post photography studio at Fort Yates, North Dakota in the late 1800s. He produced this image of Sitting Bull shortly before leaving his studio to Frank Bennett Fiske in 1900. The bust image shows the Sioux leader wearing a long-sleeved shirt, vest, and decorative floral sash; his hair is braided and he stares into the camera's eye with steely determination. Photograph measures approximately 3¾" x 4½" and is affixed to Fansler's 4¼" x 6½" imprinted mount, which features delicate scalloped edges. On verso in an unknown hand that looks suspiciously like that of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody: "Sitting Bull - Buried just outside Fort Yates N.D." Below this: "To be sent to Uncle George and kept." Finally, beneath this in pencil: "Rec'd Aug 1896." Cabinet card is in near mint condition, with just minor wear at the lower right corner.
Provenance: The Chris Kortlander Collection
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