Photograph of Whirling Horse, Sioux Indian mounted with drawings of buffalo, tipi, Indian and horse

Description:

In 1898 New York photographer Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934) embarked on a deeply personal project, creating a set of prints that rank among the most compelling of her celebrated body of work. Käsebier was on the threshold of a career that would establish her as both the leading portraitist of her time and an extraordinary art photographer. Her new undertaking was inspired by viewing the grand parade of Buffalo Bill's Wild West troupe en route to Madison Square Garden for several weeks of performances.

Käsebier had spent her childhood on the Great Plains, and retained many vivid, happy memories of playing with nearby Native American children. She quickly sent a letter to William "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917), requesting permission to photograph Sioux Indians traveling with the show in her studio. Within weeks, Käsebier began a unique and special project photographing the Indian men, women, and children, formally and informally. Friendships developed, and her photography of these Native Americans continued for more than a decade.

This Käsebier photograph of Whirling Horse is mounted to sketch paper with drawings of a tipi, a buffalo, and an Indian on horseback. Whirling Horse presumably made the drawings during the portrait session and gave them to Käsebier.

Date Made: ca 1898

Maker: Kasebier, Gertrude

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Native Americans

Subject:

See more items in: Work and Industry: Photographic History, Gertrude Kasebier, Photography

Exhibition:

Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Delaney, Michelle. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Kasebier

Credit Line: Mina Turner

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PG.69.236.077Accession Number: 287543Catalog Number: 69.236.077

Object Name: platinum printdrawing

Physical Description: platinum print (overall production method/technique)paper (overall material)Measurements: image: 20.3 cm x 15.5 cm; 8 in x 6 1/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-a75b-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1005846

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.