Lot 397

"A Crow Indian", William Henry Jackson Chromo 1902

Estimate: $300 - $600

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Featured in this lot is an original William Henry Jackson Chromo, "A Crow Indian", 1902, depicting a solitary, blanket-wrapped Crow Native American standing in the foreground with two dogs alongside, and a teepee behind with two horses tied up and arid hills in the background. Printed by the Detroit Photographic Company, now known as the Detroit Publishing Company, the company was started by publisher William A. Livingstone and photographer Edwin H. Husher in the late 19th century as the Detroit Photographic Company, it later became The Detroit Photochrom Company. The best-known photographer for the company was William Henry Jackson, who joined the company in 1897. In 1869, Jackson travelled with A.C. Hull and photographed along the Union Pacific Railroad. From 1870 to 1877 Jackson was a photographer for the U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories, commissioned by Professor Ferdinand Hayden. Jackson photographed Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Idaho in 1871 and travelled to New Mexico in 1877 to photograph the native American villages. In 1879, Jackson founded the Jackson Photo Company in Denver, Colorado, where he sold pictures of his journey across the United States. He also produced Indian portraits and printed those by other photographers, for the American Bureau of Ethnology. He captured the scenery of Wyoming using the wet plate method, which could take up to 20 minutes of development time per photograph. William Henry Jackson's paintings and photographs depict the iconic Western territories, especially the Oregon Trail, Yellowstone National Park, and Wind Cave mountains. The value of William Henry Jackson's photographs rise over time as modern America continues her love affair with the Old West. Photograph sits in a matted dentil-edged gilt wood frame, all in good condition with minimal noted wear, visible art measures 7"L x 3.5W, frame 10.25"L 6.75"W