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Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868–1952)
LOT ID: 65569
Black Belly - Cheyenne, ie. circa 1927

Photogravure, Dutch Van Gelder
18 х 22 in. (45.72 x 55.88 cm.)
Plate signed, below image, center.
Print/Casting Year 1927
Foundry/Publisher Suffolk Eng. Co / The North American Indian Inc.
Lot description
Artist: Edward S. Curtis
Title: Black Belly - Cheyenne
Medium: Photogravure, Dutch Van Gelder
Portfolio XIX, Plate 671
Paper Size: 22" x 18" (55.8cm x 45.7cm)
Image Size: 15.5" x 11.38" (39.3cm x 28.9cm)

The gallery retail for this photograph is $4,000
Auction Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

This original photogravure is in excellent condition. Watermark "VAN GELDER ZONEN MADE IN HOLLAND" in left margin. It is an excellent impression, a fine example of the photogravure process. This photogravure was professionally washed and de-acidified to restore it to its original archival state and beauty.

This original vintage photogravure is printed on a fine Dutch Van Gelder etching stock, handmade in Holland one hundred years ago. This is an expensive, heavyweight, etching stock selected by Curtis and J.P. Morgan specifically for Curtis’ North American Indian project.

Edward Curtis is the most widely collected fine art photography in the history of the medium, and his work is found in major public and private collections internationally. He has also become the most widely exhibited. His work has moved viewers on every continent but Antarctica. He created an unprecedented body of work, which has won awards and accolades internationally. While the project nearly drove him into bankruptcy and cost him his health and family, today the aggregate value of the photographs he created exceeds one half of a billion dollars. Please see biography link above for further details.
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