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BM William Blackmore Coll. Album 19

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Am,A19.12

  • Title (object)

    • BM William Blackmore Coll. Album 19
  • Description

    Photograph (black and white) from an album; a studio portrait of The Great Eagle (Wa-mdi-tan-ka), a Dakota Chief, seated wearing a jacket, a shirt, hide leggings, shoes, a bear claw neck ornament, several shell necklaces, a leg ornament, and a turban with several feathers coming out of the top; he is holding a pipe; Washington DC, United States of America.
    Albumen print

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  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1858
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 18 centimetres (image)
    • Width: 13.3 centimetres (image)
    • Height: 34.2 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 25.2 centimetres (mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        back of mount
      • Inscription Content

        A19/1569
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        label front of mount
      • Inscription Content

        wa-mdi-tan-ka
        The Great Eagle
        a mde-wa-kan-ton Sioux chief
        Dakota 1858
      • Inscription Comment

        handwritten in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        front of image
      • Inscription Content

        90
      • Inscription Comment

        photochemically inscribed
  • Curator's comments

    Related information: the negative for this image is held by the Smithsonian Institution. A copy of the catalogue card for this image can be found in the picdoc for this image. The card indicates that the Smithsonian negative number is 3651 and the following information:
    Blackmore colln: 1569
    Shindler cat no. 55
    Jackson Cat no.919
    Related information: This image is printed in Fleming 2003. Native American Photography at the Smithsonian, p.72. The caption notes that it was taken around 1858 by the McClees Studio.Related information: this image was taken in Washington DC, when a delegation of Native North Americans traveled there to meet with United States Government officials

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  • Condition

    Image faded. Foxing on the mount.

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1932

  • Acquisition notes

    The 'Disposal book of the Salisbury South Wilts and Blackmore Museum No. 1 1928-1952' reports the disposal of a: "Photographs of North American Indians and miscellanea" given to the Department of Ceramics and Ethnography of the British Museum. It is dated 24th February 1932.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Am,A19.12

  • Additional IDs

    • A19/1569 (Old BM Blackmore collection number)
Photograph (black and white); a studio portrait of The Great Eagle (Wa-mdi-tan-ka), a Dakota Chief, seated wearing a jacket, a shirt, hide leggings, shoes, a bear claw neck ornament, several shell necklaces, a leg ornament, and a turban with several feathers coming out of the top; he is holding a pipe; Washington DC, United States of America.
Albumen print

Photograph (black and white); a studio portrait of The Great Eagle (Wa-mdi-tan-ka), a Dakota Chief, seated wearing a jacket, a shirt, hide leggings, shoes, a bear claw neck ornament, several shell necklaces, a leg ornament, and a turban with several feathers coming out of the top; he is holding a pipe; Washington DC, United States of America. Albumen print

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