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    Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Swift Bear, and Spotted Tail: Extremely Rare and Important Early Large Format Photo. A marvelous image showing the four great chiefs along with Julius Meyer in a quilled buckskin jacket. The photo was taken in Omaha, Nebraska in May 1875, when the Chiefs were en route to Washington to meet with President Grant to discuss the Black Hills question. Meyer was, according to the printed legend below, "INDIAN INTERPRETER , Trader & Dealer in Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Curiosities" at 234 Farnham St, Omaha. The photographer was Frank F. Currier, who maintained an Omaha studio at 235 Douglas St.

    Of course, the Chiefs' mission would ultimately prove fruitless. Over the next year gold hunters and other opportunists would swarm into the Black Hills, setting the stage for the epic battle between the united plains tribes and Custer's Seventh Cavalry at Little Bighorn.

    The image is in very nice overall display condition. Three light horizontal creases are not conspicuously located and do not detract badly. The photo quality itself is marvelous, with rich deep sepia and excellent contrast. One small corner chip to the mount. The image itself is 8.25" x 9.5" and, including the mount with printed legend below, it measures approximately 9" x 12" overall. Nicely custom framed. A variant of this image recently sold for approximately $18,000 in an Ohio Americana auction. That example lacked the identifications and legend at the bottom, which add great character to the photo offered here. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
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