A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.

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A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN.
CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954.
26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.

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A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN.
CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907. Left and right margins rough as is usual with cyanotypes, some intermittent toning to prints.
Provenance: Purchased by Dr. Billy Utley from Manford "Mag" Magnuson.

In Volume VI, Curtis describes the prehistory, history, and cultures of the aboriginal people of North America who lived in the Subarctic culture area, defined as extending from the coast of Labrador on the Atlantic Ocean to Cook Inlet and beyond on the Pacific. This selection of cyanotypes features images of the Cheyenne people of Montana engaging in ritual dances and in more mundane activities like cooking and chopping wood; children playing and posing for Curtis's camera; tribespeople on horseback fording a river; encampments; and more (a complete list of images as they are title on the verso is available in the condition report).

Cyanotypes are an economical form of printing used by Curtis in the field to check the quality of his glass plate negatives. The paper, torn off a roll, and the chemicals are applied to the negative and then removed. If an image is poor quality, the glass plate can be immediately cleaned and reused. Curtis's cyanotypes are likely unique printings, and while familiar images that appear in the NAI are among this collection, the group also includes equally compelling images that did not make the final publication. These cyanotypes are literal relics of Curtis's fieldwork, offering the first glimpses of what his extraordinary camera caught on film.
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A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
A GROUP OF CURTIS CYANOTYPES FROM VOLUME VI OF NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN. CURTIS, EDWARD S. 1872-1954. 26 cyanotypes, featuring images of Cheyenne tribes from Volume VI, including portraits, still lifes, and photographs made en plein air, many of which are related to or variants of published images, the images measuring approximately 8 x 6 inches (203 x 152 mm), all numbered in grease pencil on the reverse and a few additionally titled and annotated, c.1907.
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