George Catlin (1796-1872)
George Catlin (1796-1872)

North American Indians from the Duke of Portland Album Unique

George Catlin (1796-1872)
North American Indians from the Duke of Portland Album Unique
graphite transfer and graphite on paper
each 14 x 10½ in. (35.6 x 26.7 cm.)
set of eight drawings (8)
Collection of the artist, 1859.
John Cavendish-Bentinck-Scott, sixth Duke of Portland, England.
By descent in the family, until 1953.
Christie's, London, England, Valuable Printed Books from the Titchfield Library at Welbeck Abbey, sold by the order of His Grace the Duke of Portland, 23 March 1953, lot 94.
Charles Traylen, Guilford, England, 1953.
Christie's, London, 27 October 1982, lot 41.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1998.
C. Forbes, "The Forbes Magazine Collection," American Art Review, June 1999, pp. 128-141
New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, A Festival of Western American Art at Hirschl & Adler, 1984
New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, American Masterworks on Paper, 1985-1986
New York, The Forbes Magazine Galleries, 200 Years of American Art from the Forbes Magazine Collection, May-September 1999, no. 67

Lot Essay

The Duke of Portland's portfolio is one of eleven Souvenir Albums that George Catlin executed between 1852 and 1868. Scattered throughtout the United States and Europe, these are currently in the manuscript collections of the British Museum, London, England; the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, California; the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York; and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, among others.

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