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    Large Charcoal Portrait of White Calf Attributed on Verso to Amos Bull and Dated 1888. Amos Bad Heart Bull (1869-1913) was a Sioux artist known particularly for his extensive ledger drawings chronicling the Ogalala Lakota from before 1856 through 1903, capturing everything from daily life to the Battle of Little Big Horn. The series was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1967 as A Pictographic History of the Ogalala Sioux.

    Amos was known for reproducing traditional hide paintings in ledger books, and we can find no reference to his doing other styles of art. However, the reverse side of this portrait is marked in pencil "White Calf 1888" and "Amos Bull Artist". Regardless of the identity of the artist, it is a fine representation of a Sioux warrior holding a tomahawk and wearing an Eastern-style hat, in what appears to be the original frame. Two fairly minor edge tears and some light water staining do not detract badly. 14.5" x 21.5" as framed.

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    December, 2012
    11th-12th Tuesday-Wednesday
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