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    William Henry Jackson, Photographer: Albumen Print Mounted Nez Perce Chief. Plate number 437 from Department of the Interior. United States Geological Survey of the Territories. F. V. Hayden, U.S. Geologist. Miscellaneous Publications-No. 9. Descriptive Catalogue of The Photographs of the North American Indian by, W.H. Jackson, Photographer of the Survey. Washington: Government Print Office, 1877. Approximately 5.25" x 7.5", mounted on heavy paper mat, 11" x 14", with a printed decorative gilt border and captioned in gilt: "Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories, Prof. F. V. Hayden in charge." and "W. H. Jackson, Photo." An image of an un-named Nez Perce chief mounted on a small pony and set in a rare outdoor natural setting amid tepees as opposed to the more common studio portrait. The chief is armed with a bow and wears fringed and beaded shirt, moccasins, and ornate hat. His horse's head moved slightly as the negative was exposed causing a bit of blur, giving the image a rather animated quality. There is some question as to whether or not Jackson made all the Indian photographs in the collection from Hayden's survey, including those captioned "W. H. Jackson Photo." or was merely was in charge of project. Nevertheless, these albumen prints remain an impressive record of the Native American people of the American West. The image remains clear and sharp, with only trivial browning to the backing mat and a couple of minimal areas of foxing, else it is excellent condition.

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