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

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

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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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
platinum print
drawing
Date made
ca 1898
maker
Kasebier, Gertrude
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
ID Number
PG.69.236.077
accession number
287543
catalog number
69.236.077
Credit Line
Mina Turner
subject
Native Americans
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Gertrude Kasebier
Photography
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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