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    D. F. Barry" Beautiful and Impressive Set of Portfolios. David Frances Barry (1854-1934) was one of the most successful and resourceful photographers of the American West. Beginning in the 1870s, headquartered for a time at Bismarck, D. T. (just upstream from Fort Abraham Lincoln) he set out to capture the images of prominent Native Americans and important personages on both sides in the Indian Wars. His particular passion was to record as many of the people involved in the Battle of the Little Bighorn as possible. In 1934, the Denver Public Library acquired hundreds of his glass-plate negatives and expertly preserved them. Almost a half century later, the DPL's Western History Department and Denver photographer Paul Harbaugh conceived of a project to put Barry's artistry on display.

    In 1982 Harbaugh and Curator August Mastrogiuseppi selected forty-five of the most historically and aesthetically significant of Barry's negatives and painstakingly made contact prints using Barry's materials and techniques. As a fundraiser for the Western History Department they matted the pictures for framing and produced a limited edition of 150 sets organized into three buckram-bound boxes, or portfolios. The set offered here is number 89 of 150.

    Portfolio I: Chiefs of the Sioux Wars and the Battle of Little Bighorn includes Barry photographs of Gall, Rain-in-the-Face, Sitting Bull, and Red Horse. Also included is a printed introduction by the noted ethnohistorian and curator of the Denver Art Museum, Royal B. Hassrick.
    Portfolio II: Custer, Prominent Military Structures, and the Men Who Fought the Sioux Wars, includes Barry and E. S. Goff (Barry's mentor) photographs of Custer and the officers and wives of Ft. Lincoln, Survivors of the Reno Hill fight at Fort Custer in 1886, and some of the officers and men. The matting of the photograph of Capt. Benteen has some water staining not affecting the image. This portfolio includes an introduction by the noted historian Alvin Josephy, Jr.
    Portfolio III: Plains Warriors, Chiefs, Scouts, and Frontier Personalities includes famous images of Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and Indian Scouts and Fort Yates.

    All three of the portfolios contain certificates signed by Paul Harbaugh and August Mastrogiuseppi. Needless to say, the pictures themselves are all quite suitable for framing.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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