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    SITTING BULL (Tatanka Iyotake), HUNKPAPA LAKOTA

    c. 1882
    Albumen cabinet card, with imprint of Bailey, Dix & Mead, Fort Randall, D.T. The photograph is actually by William R. Cross, Yankton, D.T., as part of a series of 24 images made at the prisoner-of-war camp near Fort Randall where Sitting Bull and some of his followers were held, 1881-1883, after their return from a five-year exile in Canada following the Battle of Little Bighorn. Cross issued these photographs for a brief time on his own mounts, but soon sold the negatives to a consortium of traders at Fort Randall, who marketed the series in the eastern United States. This card, which is only the second formal portrait made of Sitting Bull, is in immaculate condition, with a facsimile autograph of the chief added below the image. Sitting Bull is dressed plainly in a white cotton shirt, with a wool blanket wrapped around his waist. His braided hair is wrapped with strips of cloth. A pipe is grasped in his left hand. The beaded tobacco bag is of the type with triangular flaps at the bottom, the badge of office of a Wakiconza or Band Chief. The photographer's caption, verso, describes Sitting Bull as 43 years of age, 200 pounds and five feet nine inches tall.

    Dimensions: 4 ¼ x 6 ½ inches


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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