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Karl Bodmer’s Illustrations To Prince Maximillian of Wied-Neuwied’s ‘Travels In The Interior of North America 1832-1834’

Bodmer’s journey, accompanying the German Prince Maximillian of Wied, was extraordinary as the first and last scientific journey to record frontier America in pictures, before the West was irrevocably changed by white intruders.

Even within 3 years of his painting, many of the fierce braves who posed for him and who believed Bodmer’s drawings would save them in battle, had died from diseases such as smallpox.

In 1839 a very limited edition of the engravings was published in Paris before the plate disappeared, it was not until 1948 that the original copper and steel plates were rediscovered by an anthropologist at Castel Wied in Germany.

A edition of 125 sets of the 81 original plates has been made since their rediscovery. Each engraving has been printed ‘a la poupe’ with extensive hand colouring, heightened by gum Arabic in the original 19th Century manner. This process took over two years.

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Bodmer's America

Bodmer's America

Bodmer's America