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Catin's North American Indian Portfolio : Hunting Scenes + Amusements of the Rocky Mountains + Prairies of America : From Drawings + Notes of Author Made During Eight Years Travel Amongst 48 of the Wildest + Most Remote Tribes of Savages in North America

Catlin, George 1796 to 1872

Published by Geo. Catlin : Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly London : C. And J. Adlard Printers : Barthollomew Close London 1844, A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT, 1844

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Modern archival reprint of original edition, no other publication date marked. 46 pages. Folio Paper / Soft cover reprint edition in very good or better condition, slight wear to edges. Overall good copy of this scarce title. Excellent read. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand. Or would make a great gift for the fan / reader in your life. Excerpt: TO THE READER, In offering this portfolio I will suppose that most of my readers have read my "Notes of Travels for Eight Years amongst the North American Indians published by myself some time since with more than 300 outline illustrations that work having now reached the fifth edition has been extensively read and I trust the public will pardon me for placing before them this Preface as an introduction of myself an of the customs herein described. I was born in Wyoming in North America some thirty or forty years since of parents who entered that beautiful and famed valley soon after the close of the revolutionary war, and the disastrous event of the Indian Massacre. The early part of my life was whiled away apparently in vain with books reluctantly held in one hand and a rifle or fishing pole firmely and affectionately grasped in the other. At the urgent request of my father, who was professionally a lawyer I was prevailed upon to abandon theset favorite themes and also my occasional dabblings with the brush, which had already secured a corner in my affections and I commenced reading the Law for a profession under the direction of Reeve and Gould of Connecticut. I attended the lectures of these learned judges for two years was admitted to the bar, and practised the Law as a sort of Nimrodic lawyer in my native valley for two or three years when I deliberately sold my law library and all (save my rifle and fishing-tackle) and converting their proceeds into brushes and paint-pots I commenced the art of painting in Philadelphia without teacher or adviser. I there closely applied my hand to the labours of my new vocation for several years during which time my mind was continually reaching for some new branch or enterprise of the art, on which to devote a lifetime of enthusiasm when a delegation of some ten or fifteen noble and dinified looking Indians from the wilds of the Far West suddenly arrived in the city arrayed and equipped in all their classic beauty with shield and helmet with tunic and manteau tinted and tasselled off exactly for the painter's palette In silent and stoic dignity these Lords of the Forest strutted about the city for a few days wrapped in their pictured robes their brows plumed with the quills of the war-eagle attracting the gaze and admiration of all who beheld them. After this they took their leave for Washington city and I was left to reflect and regret which I did long and deeply until I was brought to the following deductions and conclusions. Black and blue cloth and civilization are destined not only to veil but to obliterate the grace and beauty of Nature. Man in the simplicity and loftiness of his nature unrestrained and unfettered by the disguises of art, is surely the most beautiful model for the painter and the country from which he hails is unquestionably the best school of the Arts in the world and such I am sure from the models I have seen is the wilderness of America. The history and customs of such a people preserved by pictorial illustrations are themes worthy the lifetime of one man, and nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country and becoming their historian There was something inexpressibly delightful in this resolution which was to bring me amidst such living models for my brush and at the same time to place in my hands again for my living and protection as well as amusement the favorite objects of my heart which had long been laid by to rust and decay in the city, without the remotest apparent prospect of again contributing to my enjoyment. I had fully resolved I opened my views to my friends and rela. Bookseller Inventory # 5022047

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Title: Catin's North American Indian Portfolio : ...

Publisher: Geo. Catlin : Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly London : C. And J. Adlard Printers : Barthollomew Close London 1844, A Bound / Flex Cover / REPRINT

Publication Date: 1844

Binding: Scarce Title.

Illustrator: Fully Illustrated

Edition: C: clean and unmarked Text.

Book Type: American History, Biography

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