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    "THREE CHIEFS-PIEGAN" PHOTOGRAVURE SIGNED CURTIS ca 1900. Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) was a photographer of the American West and the Native American Indians. In 1906 J.P. Morgan offered Curtis $75,000 to produce a series on the North American Indian. It was to be in 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs. Morgan was to receive 25 sets and 500 original prints as his method of repayment. Curtis' goal was not just to photograph, but to document as much American Indian (Native American) traditional life as possible before that way of life disappeared.

    Three chiefs - Piegan (The North American Indian; v.06). This photogravure is hand signed by CURTIS, Lower right bottom corner. Has blind stamp copyright lower left bottom corner, E. S. Curtis, 1900.

    Description by Edward S. Curtis: "Three proud old leaders of their people. A picture of the primal upland prairies with their waving grass and limpid streams. A glimpse of the life and conditions which are on the verge of extinction." This photogravure in brown ink was originally produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son. From the Arapaho [portfolio]. Plate #377-00. Photogravure measures 20.5"x 17" and very fine condition. Period frame measures 30"x 26", fine condition with a couple of dings.




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