3 December 2007,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 11,875
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
PETTRICH, Ferdinand. Indian War Dance. Two lithographs from: Portaits of Distinguished Indians from Several Tribes who visited Washington in 1837. Baltimore: Edward Weber, 1842.
Tinted lithograph after Pettrich by Edward Weber, on two joined sheets, 1354 x 280 mm, mounted on linen, matted (some chipping at edges, a few small holes).
EXCEPTIONALLY RARE. The present portion of Ferdinand Pettrich's Portraits of distinguished Indians from several Tribes, who visited Washignton in 1837; also a faithful representation of the Indian War dance, which took place during their visit comprises one of only a handful of examples from this series of lithographs to come on the market in a century. The complete work was issued in large folio, containing 5 lithographs depicting a total of 48 figures. The present two panels are those of the War Dance scene, showing 14 figures. "Only three copies are known [the Eames, highly imperfect, being one of them]... The portraits are unusually well drawn; better than those of the more famous Indian portrait painters" (Eames IV:2333). A set at the New York Public Library also includes a letterpress title-page. Bennett was compelled to admit that "the compiler records the item mainly because he had such a task locating a copy. Rarissima." The only copy traced on the market in a century is that in Eberstadt catalogue 128, item 479, a complete set of the five lithographs matted.
Pettrich was born at Dresden and emigrated to the United States in 1835. He first settled in Philadelphia and then moved to Washington, where he met President Jackson in 1836. Jackson sat for Pettrich several times and the artist produced a bust of the president. Pettrich's large marble sculpture of the dying Tecumseh is at the Smithsonian Institution. Bennett p.89.
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