Wishham Bride, 1910, Original Photogravure by Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)
Wishham Bride, 1910 Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) Original photogravure on Holland Van Gelder paper Portfolio 8, Plate 281 from the series The North American Indian 22” x 18” paper size 26” x 20.75” framed (archival matting, wood frame)
Edward Sheriff Curtis published The North American Indian between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Native American culture before it vanished. The work is comprised of twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates. Each volume and accompanying portfolio documented different tribes. The image Wishham Bride, 1910 is an image in Portfolio 8, which documents the Nez Perce, Walla Walla, Umatilla, Cayuse, and Chinookan tribes.
The photogravures were printed onto three hand-made papers: a Japanese vellum, a Dutch etching stock called Holland Van Gelder, and a fine Japanese tissue paper. Each volume and portfolio set was printed under Curtis’ direction by master printers back east. Though Curtis had hoped to print 500 sets, fewer than 300 sets were actually printed, each containing 2,227 small and large format photogravures, of which 723 were printed in this larger 22" x 18" portfolio size format.