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SITTING BULL (1831-1890) – Photograph, signed (“Sitting Bull”) on the verso of a cabinet-card portrait by Palmquist and Jurgens, St. Paul, Minn., 1884. Inscribed by John M. Burke (1842-1917) on verso.
SITTING BULL (1831-1890) – Photograph, signed (“Sitting Bull”) on the verso of a cabinet-card portrait by Palmquist and Jurgens, St. Paul, Minn., 1884. Inscribed by John M. Burke (1842-1917) on verso.
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SITTING BULL (1831-1890) – Photograph, signed (“Sitting Bull”) on the verso of a cabinet-card portrait by Palmquist and Jurgens, St. Paul, Minn., 1884. Inscribed by John M. Burke (1842-1917) on verso.

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SITTING BULL (1831-1890) – Photograph, signed (“Sitting Bull”) on the verso of a cabinet-card portrait by Palmquist and Jurgens, St. Paul, Minn., 1884. Inscribed by John M. Burke (1842-1917) on verso.

165 x 108mm. Crack along left corner affects “B” in signature, minor losses at bottom margin. Provenance: Floyd E. Risvold Collection (sold, Spink-Shreves, lot 326, $11,600).

The most desirable signed photograph of Sitting Bull obtainable, accomplished by the Sioux Chief at Standing Rock Agency, and bearing handwritten provenance from John M. Burke, William F. Cody’s manager responsible for bringing the Sioux chief to perform with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Signed the same (and only) year Sitting Bull performed for Buffalo Bill’s travelling show. On the verso Burke writes, “This is Sitting Bulls signature on back. Given [to] me at his camp on Thunder Hawk Creek - Dakota (near Fort Yates, Standing Rock Agency)- 1885-” The second note, written along the left margin of the reverse notes that “This belongs to Allison Nailor Jr. Wash D.C.” Sitting Bull performed only four months in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West before returning to the Standing Rock Agency. Burke, who secured Sitting Bull’s services, was a legendary publicist and Cody’s manager largely responsible for the enormous success of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.

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