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Edward S. Curtis Art

American, 1868-1952

Edward S. Curtis is arguably the most influential photographer of the American West. His work unquestionably ranks among that of the most important photographers of the 20th century.

Curtis was first and foremost; an extremely gifted and sophisticated artist whose work had the duality of being an incredible artistic creation at the same time as being a document of a people. He was uniquely able to create, out of whole cloth, a lasting vision of the American Indian that never existed before it was first seen through his photographic lens.

Edward Curtis produced images of the American Indian that convey a dignity, a universal humanity and a certain remaining majesty that transcend literally all other work ever done on the subject. In his photographs we see images that are uniquely able to stand alone in the world of photography.

Beginning in 1898 and continuing through 1928, Curtis dedicated his life to documenting the traditional lifeways and cultures of 128 American Indian tribes living west of the Mississippi River, from Alaska to the Mexican border.

Curtis was a genius of an artist possessed by a singular obsession to preserve the traditional lifeways of the American Indian.

Astonishingly, focusing all his immense talents over a staggering 30-year period, Curtis accomplished what he set out to do; he did save the traditional lifeways of these Native Peoples but at tremendous personal cost. It cost him his marriage, it cost him his health, and it cost him any possible financial stability he might ever have had.

In spite of all this, he persevered and left a body of work never to be equaled in the field of photography.

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(Biography provided by Bruce Kapson Gallery)

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Original Edward S. Curtis Photogravure, "The Klamath Hunter" 1923
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is a beautiful photogravure showing a Klamath man hunting from a dugout canoe. This image is Plate 458 from Volume 13 of Edward Curtis' epic project The North American Indi...
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1920s American Vintage Edward S. Curtis Art

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"Three Chiefs, Blackfoot, Montana" by Edward S. Curtis, Platinum Print, 1900
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is a rare, platinum Master Exhibition Print of Edward Curtis’ The Three Chiefs. Typical of Curtis’ Master Exhibition Prints, this platinum print is double-mounted, signed, with an embossed copyright credit and date stamp. His numeric notation “52-00” is in the photographic negative. Curtis photographed The Three Chiefs during his two weeks on a Blackfoot reservation in the summer of 1900. The photograph depicts three Piegan men in traditional dress on horseback, situated next to a small stream with an expansive cloud-filled sky behind them. The Piegans were the largest group in the Blackfoot Confederacy and still retained a majority of their original culture when Curtis visited the tribe. It reportedly took Curtis several days to find the perfect prairie backdrop and riders for this photo, yet his patience paid off. The image was pivotal in enabling Curtis to form his vision for his next project - his ambitious 20 volumes “North American Indian”publication. This print is believed to be one of only three oversized, platinum Master Exhibition Prints of this image in existence. It was printed by Curtis specifically for his East Coast exhibition tour of 1905-1906. Curtis chose only a small number of what he believed to be his finest negatives to produce prints for the show. He never again mounted an exhibition of his work, nor produced such distinctive, large-format platinum prints. “The extraordinary rarity of The Three Chiefs becomes clearer when viewed in the context of other Master Exhibition Prints, principally the 108 in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, the largest collection in existence. The Museum, however, is missing a number of early, iconic images, including The Three Chiefs. It has long been assumed that these missing prints were held elsewhere, possibly in the collection of The New York Public Library. This theory has been substantiated by the Curtis scholar, Bruce Kapson, who unearthed a cache of letters from Curtis to J.P. Morgan and to Morgan's librarian, Ms. Bella da Costa Greene in the Pierpont Morgan Library archives in 2007. The correspondence establishes that 58 of the 100 prints in The New York Public Library's collection are actually Master Exhibition Prints, specifically selected by Curtis for J.P. Morgan as the best examples of his work. A typed letter, dated March 1907, from Ms. Greene to Curtis states: 'I enclose herewith a list of Indian photographs which you sent to Mr. J.P. Morgan'. The letter is accompanied by a handwritten list of 58 photographs, including The Three Chiefs (print number 52.) Morgan donated this group of prints to The New York Public Library in 1912.” (Christie’s Live Auction 1893 Catalog, 2007). Curtis’ platinum prints make up less than 1/2 of 1% of all of the work he created. Curtis’ platinum prints were created only for exhibition or direct sales to patrons and they were always made by Curtis himself. One significant dealer in Curtis prints...
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Early 1900s American Antique Edward S. Curtis Art

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Edward S. Curtis Original Signed and Stamped Silver Toned Platinum Print, 1906
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Studio City, CA
An original platinum print on textured paper by iconic American photographer Edward Curtis titled "The Piki Maker" The print is hand signed in ink, blind-stamped with Curtis' embos...
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Early 1900s American Native American Antique Edward S. Curtis Art

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"Horse Capture - Atsina" by Edward S. Curtis, 1908
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is a fine photogravure portrait of an Atsina man named Horse Capture by Edward Curtis. The image is Plate 170 from Supplementary Portfolio 5 of Edward Curtis' epic project ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Edward S. Curtis Art

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"Bear's Teeth - Arikara" by Edward S. Curtis, 1908
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is a fine photogravure portrait of Bear’s Teeth of the Arikara tribe by Edward Curtis. The image is Plate 154 from Supplementary Portfolio 5 of Edward Curtis' epic project ...
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Early 1900s American Antique Edward S. Curtis Art

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"Porcupine - Cheyenne" by Edward S. Curtis, 1911
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is a fine photogravure portrait of a Cheyenne man with cottonwood leave headdress by Edward Curtis. The image is Plate 216 from Supplementary Portfolio 6 of Edward Curtis' ...
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1910s American Vintage Edward S. Curtis Art

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Edward S. Curtis Original Signed Stamped Platinum Print the Vanishing Race, 1904
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Studio City, CA
"The Vanishing Race" is perhaps the most iconic and sought-after photographic print by renowned American artist Edward S. Curtis who was famed for h...
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Early 1900s American Native American Antique Edward S. Curtis Art

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Yokuts Basketry Designs (B), pl. 503
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans in the early tw...
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Early 20th Century Modern Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

The Water Carriers, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis The Water Carriers 1921 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate ...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Nungoktôk - Noatak, pl. 719
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Photogravure on Holland Van Gelder tissue Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans in the early twentieth century, Edward S. Curtis, chronicled over 80 different tribes in the Southwest, the Great Plains...
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Early 20th Century Modern Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Edward S. Curtis Original Signed Stamped Platinum Photograph Hopi Weaver, 1899
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Studio City, CA
An original platinum print on textured paper by iconic American photographer Edward Curtis titled "Hopi Weaver"(sometimes known as "The Weaver"). Curtis was famed for his work with the Native American peoples of the American West at the turn of the century. This image features a male Hopi elder weaving a blanket - an exclusively masculine occupation at the time. This platinum print is hand-signed in ink, blind-stamped with Curtis' embossed studio copyright stamp, and dated 1899. The negative number ("X 743") can possibly also be imperceptibly/faintly seen written by Curtis on the lower-left edge. The photo is mounted on a single, handmade lightweight paper typical of other mounted Curtis photos...
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1890s American Native American Antique Edward S. Curtis Art

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A Modified Style Of Hair Dressing, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Modified Style Of Hair Dressing 1921 Photogravure Print 22 x 18 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #428, The North Ameri...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Launching the Whaleboat - Cape Prince of Wales, pl. 707
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Photogravure on Holland Van Gelder tissue Known for his remarkable documen...
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Early 20th Century Modern Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Looking Out To Sea, King Island, 1928
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Looking Out To Sea, King Island 1928 Hand Colored Volume Photogravure 12 x 9 inches
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Flute Dancers At Tureva Springs, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Flute Dancers At Tureva Springs 1921 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #431, The North Ameri...
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Photogravure

Walpi Architecture, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Walpi Architecture 1921 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #421, The North American Indian, o...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Edward S. Curtis vintage Double Border Print, 'Flathead Camp On The Jocko River'
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Flathead Camp On The Jocko River, 1911 Gelatin Silver Double Border Print Extraordinary vintage Double Border toned gelatin silver print. Signed "Curtis" in ink on the lower right of the print recto. This is a most significant and rare Curtis print...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Silver Gelatin

Edward S. Curtis Rae Master Exhibition Platinum Print, 'End Of Day, ' 1904
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare vintage Edward S. Curtis Master Exhibition Platinum Print appearing on the distinctive Curtis Studio Seattle triple mount produced by Curtis only for exclusive display presentat...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Platinum

Mishongnovi, 1900
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Mishongnovi 1900 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #435, The North American Indian, on Japan...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Edward S. Curtis Vintage Photogravure on Japan Tissue, 'The Potter, ' 1906
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis The Potter 1906 Photogravure Print Vintage large format Edward S. Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #426, The North American Indian, on Japan Tissu...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

A Gem Of Basketry - Southern Yokuts
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis A Gem Of Basketry - Southern Yokuts 1924 Hand Colored Photogravure 12 x 9 inches Vintage small format Curtis Volume Photogravure, Volume 13, The North American Ind...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Prayer To The Sun By Hopi Snake Priest, Silver Gelatin Double Border Print, 1907
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Prayer To The Sun By Hopi Snake Priest 1907 Silver Gelatin Double Border Print 11.25 inches H. X 9 inches W. Vintage Curtis Toned Silver Gelatin Double Border Print...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Silver Gelatin

In A Piegan Lodge
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis In A Piegan Lodge, 1910 Photogravure Print Large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 6, Plate # 188, The North American Indian, on Holland Van Gelder pa...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Unique Edward S. Curtis Experimental Print, Offering To The Sun - San Ildefonso
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Offering To The Sun - San Ildefonso, 1925 Experimental Gelatin Silver Print Unique Signed in black ink, "Curtis," lower right on the print. This extraordinary prin...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Silver Gelatin

Snake Dancers Entering The Plaza, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Snake Dancers Entering The Plaza 1921 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

A Hopi Woman, 1905
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis A Hopi Woman 1905 Photogravure Print 22 x 18 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #411, The North American Indian, on Japa...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Counting The Record, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Counting The Record 1921 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #413, The North American Indian, ...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Edward S. Curtis Vintage Photogravure on Japan Tissue, 'Honovi - Snake Priest'
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage large format Edward S. Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #408, The North American Indian, on Japan Tissue paper. The Japan Tissue paper was the most expensi...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Edward S. Curtis Unique Cyanotype Print, 'Cheyenne - F6', 1911
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Cheyenne F6, 1911 Vintage Cyanotype Print. This is a proof, contact printed directly from the glass plate negative, done by Curti...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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A Walpi Man
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis A Walpi Man 1921 Photogravure Print Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #424, The North American Indian, on Japan Tissue. The J...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Edward S. Curtis Unique Cyanotype Print, 'Red Horn and His Son - Piegan, ' 1910
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Red Horn and His Son - Piegan, 1910 Cyanotype Print Unique This is a proof, contact printed directly from the glass plate negative, done by ...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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East Mesa Girls, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis East Mesa Girls, 1921 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #427, The North American Indian, on ...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Edward S. Curtis Master Exhibition Platinum Print, 'Hopi Weaver, ' 1906
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Moki Weaver, 1906 Platinum Print An exquisite example of Curtis's mastery of the platinum print medium. Vintage Master Exhibition p...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Platinum, Photographic Paper

Arapaho - B63X
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis 1910 Vintage Curtis Cyanotype Print. Unique. 8 x 6 inches. 13 1/2 x 12 inches in Walnut frame. This is a proof, contact printed directly from the glass plate negat...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photographic Paper, Other Medium

Watching The Dancers, 1906
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Watching The Dancers 1906 Photogravure Print 22 x 18 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #405 from The North American Indian, on Japan Vellum paper. An exquisite example of this transcendent Curtis image. Watching The Dancers is among the most desirable of all the large format Portfolio Photogravure images appearing in The North American Indian. This vintage print is an extraordinary and brilliant example of this image in a vintage photogravure. Edward S. Curtis is arguably the most influential photographer of the American West, and his work ranks among that of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Curtis, b. 1868, d. 1952, was first and foremost an extremely gifted and sophisticated artist whose work is an incredible artistic creation as well as an important document of a people. The relentless erosion of Native American culture at the end of the 19th century prompted Curtis to undertake a monumental project to create “a comprehensive and permanent record of all the important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their ... customs and traditions." Beginning in 1898 and continuing through 1928, Edward S. Curtis dedicated his life to documenting the traditional cultures of American Indian tribes living west of the Mississippi River, from Alaska to the Mexican border. This resulted in "The North American Indian," a series of 20 lavishly illustrated text volumes accompanied by a portfolio of larger format photogravures. His monumental 20-volume/20-folio work, "The North American Indian: Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of United States and Alaska," began publication in 1907 and was finally completed in 1930. It constitutes an unparalleled achievement in the history of photography, the history of native Americans, and the history of publishing. The majority of Curtis’s images were printed as photogravures, more than 98 percent, one of the finest photographic printing processes available during Curtis's time, virtually all of them for "The North American Indian." Photogravures are a combination of photography and engraving renowned for their unusual subtlety and fine detail. After the photo was taken and a negative produced, a positive transparency was made. That positive was then chemically etched onto the surface of a copper printing plate...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

The Piki Maker, 1906
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis The Piki Maker 1906 Photogravure Print 22 x 18 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #432, The North American Indian, o...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

"Ogalala Woman" by Edward S. Curtis, 1908
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is a fine photogravure portrait of an Ogalala woman by Edward Curtis. The image is Plate 94 from Supplementary Portfolio 3 of Edward Curtis' epic project The North American...
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Early 1900s American Antique Edward S. Curtis Art

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"New Chest, Piegan" by Edward S. Curtis, 1910
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
Presented is a fine photogravure portrait of a Piegan man named New Chest by Edward Curtis. The image is Plate 200 from Supplementary Portfolio 6 of Edward Curtis' epic project The N...
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1910s Vintage Edward S. Curtis Art

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Return With The Willows - Piegan, 1910
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Return With The Willows - Piegan 1910 Photogravure Print 9 x 12 inches Vintage small format Curtis Volume Photogravure, Volume 6, The North American Indian, on Japa...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Missi - Tsata - ("Owl Old Woman") - Sarsi, 1925
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Missi - Tsata - ("Owl Old Woman") - Sarsi 1925 Photogravure Print 12 x 9 inches Vintage small format Curtis Volume Photogravure, Volume 18, The North American India...
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Photogravure

Edward S. Curtis Rare One-Of-A-Kind Vintage Goldtone Spirit Of The Past, 1908
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Spirit Of The Past - Apsaroke, 1908 Goldtone 10 inches x 8 inches Signed and copyright insignia lower right in the image Unique This Spirit Of The Past is an extremely rare, one-of-a-kind vintage original Goldtone produced in the Curtis Studio Seattle prior to 1919 appearing in its original Curtis Studio Seattle frame. Signed and copyright insignia lower right in the image. The Goldtone Print itself as well as the original Curtis Studio Seattle frame are in excellent unrestored condition. In all other extant printed examples of Spirit Of The Past - Apsaroke, the mounted group faces left. Only in this unique Goldtone is the group facing right. The negative was not flipped when this Goldtone was made in Seattle, the signature and copyright insignia in the image are properly placed in the right-hand corner, not reversed. This is an amazing example of a one-off experimental vintage original Goldtone. Inscribed on the frame's backing board in pencil by legendary Curtis collector and its owner Dr. Bill Utley, "Spirit of the Past. The negative was not flopped when this goldtone was made in Seattle. But this was not discovered until the year 2000! That makes this one of a kind! Bill Utley." Curtis produced very few photographic works that were unique. This is a rare opportunity to acquire one of them. The provenance of this phenomenally rare Curtis Goldtone is also incredible. From Edward S. Curtis, Curtis Studio Seattle to his daughter, Beth Curtis Magnusson, Curtis Studio Los Angeles, to Dr. Bill Utley, Los Angeles. Dr. Bill Utley's collection of vintage original Curtis works and Curtis ephemera, sourced directly from Curtis' son-in-law, Manford Magnuson, was arguably one of the greatest private collections of original vintage Curtis material extant and unquestionably the one with an unequalled provenance. Additionally, this Goldtone is one of the only 15 percent that were produced by Curtis with both perfect exposure and a flawless emulsion, free of any imperfections in the emulsion, no finger prints or flaws whatsoever. The image itself is luminous, neither too dark nor too light, representing the perfect and most desired exposure to be found in the Goldtone process. The simplest way to begin to explain the Curtis Goldtone Print photographic medium, is that the Goldtone is a print on glass rather than a print on paper. They were produced in much the same manner as creating paper prints by first coating a glass plate with gelatin silver emulsion which, after development, was backed with bronzing powders to give it its distinctive golden appearance. Finished orotones were virtually always framed in a variety of attractive arts-and-crafts-style Curtis Studio frames. Curtis printed approximately 60 to 70 of his negatives as orotones. Orotones were available in various sizes – from miniature plates of c. 4 x 5 inches (probably a salesman’s sample) to 18 x 22 inches or even slightly larger. The most popular sizes were 11 x 14 inches, 8 x 10 inches and 14 x 17 inches (this rather scarcer), while oversized plates...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Other Medium

Chaiwa - Tewa - Profile, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Chaiwa - Tewa - Profile 1921 Photogravure Print 22 x 18 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #415, The North American Indi...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Buffalo Dance At Hano, 1904
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Buffalo Dance At Hano 1904 Photogravure Print Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #401, The North ...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Edward S. Curtis Vintage Original Photogravure, the iconic 'Mosa - Mohave, ' 1903
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 2, Plate #61 from The North American Indian, on Holland Van Gelder paper. Mosa - Mohave is one of the most universally iconic and desirable of all Curtis images appearing in "The North American Indian." This vintage print is an extraordinary and brilliant example of this image in a vintage photogravure. Edward S. Curtis is arguably the most influential photographer of the American West, and his work ranks among that of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Curtis, b. 1868, d. 1952, was first and foremost an extremely gifted and sophisticated artist whose work is an incredible artistic creation as well as an important document of a people. The relentless erosion of Native American culture at the end of the 19th century prompted Curtis to undertake a monumental project to create “a comprehensive and permanent record of all the important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their ... customs and traditions." Beginning in 1898 and continuing through 1928, Edward S. Curtis dedicated his life to documenting the traditional cultures of American Indian tribes living west of the Mississippi River, from Alaska to the Mexican border. This resulted in "The North American Indian," a series of 20 lavishly illustrated text volumes accompanied by a portfolio of larger format photogravures. His monumental 20-volume/20-folio work, "The North American Indian: Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of United States and Alaska," began publication in 1907 and was finally completed in 1930. It constitutes an unparalleled achievement in the history of photography, the history of native Americans, and the history of publishing. The majority of Curtis’s images were printed as photogravures, more than 98 percent, one of the finest photographic printing processes available during Curtis's time, virtually all of them for "The North American Indian." Photogravures are a combination of photography and engraving renowned for their unusual subtlety and fine detail. After the photo was taken and a negative produced, a positive transparency was made. That positive was then chemically etched onto the surface of a copper printing plate...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

The Potter Mixing Clay, 1921
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis The Potter Mixing Clay 1921 Photogravure Print 18 x 22 inches Vintage large format Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 12, Plate #419, The North American I...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Edward S. Curtis Vintage Photogravure, 'Offering To The Sun - San Ildefonso'
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis Offering To The Sun - San Ildefonso, 1925 Photogravure Print Vintage large format Edward S. Curtis Portfolio Photogravure, Portfolio 17, Plate #592, The North Ameri...
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Early 20th Century Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

The Scout - Apache
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Edward S. Curtis The Scout - Apache 1906 Photogravure Print Vintage Large format Curtis Photogravure, Portfolio 1, Plate #13 of Edward S. Curtis's...
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Early 20th Century Other Art Style Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Whaling Crew - Cape Prince of Wales, pl. 709
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Photogravure on Holland Van Gelder tissue Known for his remarkable documen...
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Early 20th Century Modern Edward S. Curtis Art

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Photogravure

Startug up the Noatak River - Kotzebue, pl. 712
By Edward S. Curtis, 1868-1952
Located in Dallas, TX
Printed plate number, Curtis's title, date, copyright, and photogravures by John Andrews and Son on recto. Tissue gravure Known for his remarkable documentation of Native Americans ...
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Early 20th Century Modern Edward S. Curtis Art

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