Print after Karl Bodmer. “Mandan Women.” From Graham’s Magazine. Philadelphia, 1845. Steel engravings by Rawdon, Wright & Hatch. With some light foxing, but very good condition.
Karl Bodmer, (1809-1893), is considered by many to be the greatest 19th-century artist to have produced prints of the American west. Bodmer and his patron, Prince Maximilian of Wied, came to America from Germany in 1832. With Bodmer in charge of the pictorial documentary, Prince Maximilian, an experienced and respected traveler and naturalist, set out to put together as complete a study as possible of the western territories of the United States. The result was the publication of Maximilian’s journals in successive German, French, and English editions between 1839 and 1843. The publication of Maximilian’s journal created a great interest in Bodmer’s images of the west. Thus it was that within a couple years a series of fine steel-engraved copies of Bodmer’s work were issued in the Philadelphia publication, Graham’s Magazine. This contemporary prints probably reached more views than the originals and helped establish Bodmer’s images as archetypical scenes of the American West.