Lot 11191: Karl Bodmer - Mato-Tope, Adorned with the insignia of his warlike deeds

Lot 11191: Karl Bodmer - Mato-Tope, Adorned with the insignia of his warlike deeds

Est: $6,000 - $12,000
Sold: $5,550

Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

August 17, 2019 11:00 AM EST
Franklin, TN, US

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Item Overview

Description: Mato-Tope or “Four Bears” was a respected chief of the Mandan tribe. He earned his moniker after a battle where a group of Assiniboin said he came on in a charge like “four bears." This engraving depicts him in his war dress. Over the winter of 1833, Maximilian spent a good deal of time with him discussing Mandan customs and history. Unfortunately, Mato-tope and most of his tribe were killed in the smallpox epidemic of 1837-38.

This rare engraving is from Karl Bodmer's Travels in the Interior of North America. The work was published in Paris, Coblentz and London between 1839 and 1842. The aquatint engraving was completed by Hurlimann after Karl Bodmer with blindstamp.

Karl Bodmer's images show great versatility and technical virtuosity and give us a uniquely accomplished and detailed picture of a previously little understood (and soon to vanish) way of life. Swiss-born Bodmer was engaged by Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied specifically to provide a record of his travels in North America, principally among the Plains Indians.

In the company of David Dreidoppel (Prince Maximilian's servant and hunting companion), their travels in North America were to last from 1832 to 1834. They arrived in Boston in July 1832, traveled on to Philadelphia, where they stayed with Napoleon Bonaparte's elder brother Joseph. From here they headed west across Pennsylvania across the Alleghenies to Pittsburgh and the Ohio country, visiting all the important German settlements en route.

Their most important stop on their route west was at the utopian colony of New Harmony in Indiana. The Prince spent five months there in the company of some of the country's leading scientific men, and studying all the relevant literature on backcountry America. On 24 March 1833 the party reached St. Louis, Missouri, and the start of the journey into Indian country.

Dimensions: ~ 17 1/2" by 24"

Artist or Maker: Karl Bodmer

Medium: Hand-colored Aquatint Engraving

Date: 1839-1842

Condition Report: Overall Very Good. There is extremely faint foxing that is heavier and mostly to the margins. There is a very small vertical crease in the lower right portion of the image area. There is some wear or very small, closed tears at the extreme edges. Please review the image carefully for condition and contact us with any questions.

Literature: Travels in the Interior of North America

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Auction Details

Fine Art - Antique Engravings & Lithographs - Works on Paper

By Trillium Antique Prints & Rare Books

August 17, 2019, 11:00 AM EST

Franklin, TN, US

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