Dorothy Sloan -- Books

AUCTION 22

 

 

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454.     [PHOTOGRAPHY]. [BUFFALO BILL’S WILD WEST SHOW]. Thirteen photographic images, many from the collection of Nate Salsbury, owner and manager of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The photos include images of Cody alone and in group shots with individuals (e.g. Sitting Bull and Nate Salsbury):

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) (sitter)]. BRAITHWAITE, C.H. (photographer). Bust portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody. Cabinet card (albumen print mounted on card with gilt edges), imprint in gilt below image: C.H. Braithwaite 82 Albion Street. Leeds. Image: 14 x 10.1 cm; card: 16.2 x 10.6 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “Buffalo Bill about 1891”; “From the collection of Nate Salsbury, owner & manager of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West”; “Given by the family of Nate Salsbury in 1938.” N.p., n.d. Leeds, [ca. 1891]. Image with moderate foxing, card lightly worn, insignificant ink spot on lower blank margin of card recto, tape stain on card verso, overall good condition.

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) (sitter)]. GABRILL (photographer). Portrait of a young Buffalo Bill Cody mounted on white horse, in western regalia. Cabinet card (albumen print mounted on card), imprint left of image: Gabrill’s Chicago Portrait & View Co. 113 Adams St., opp. Post Office, Chicago. Image: 14 x 10.2 cm; card: 16.3 x 10.7 cm. Chicago, [ca. 1890]. Slight soiling to image and card, otherwise fine.

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) (sitter)]. NOTMAN, William & Son (photographer). Bust portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody in formal attire with waxed moustache and pomaded hair. Cabinet card (albumen print on printed card). Publisher’s elaborate imprint on verso; at base of card below print: Hon. W F Cody “Buffalo Bill”. Image: 14 x 10.3 cm; card: 16.5 x 10.9 cm. Inscribed date in ink on verso: “1885.” Montreal, [1885; from inscription on card verso]. Image lightly foxed, tape stain on card verso, overall good to very good. The first major commission of Scottish-born Canadian photographer William Notman (1825-1891) was documentation of the construction of the Victoria Bridge across the St. Lawrence River, for which he was named Photographer to the Queen. Notman was the first Canadian photographer to gain an international reputation and established studios across Canada and the U.S. See Stanley G. Triggs, William Notman: The Stamp of a Studio, Toronto: Coach House Press, 1985.

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) (sitter)]. Unattributed seated portrait of a young Buffalo Bill Cody in hat and floral-embroidered shirt, fringed trousers, with a rifle across his lap and a holstered pistol. Collotype mounted on card. Print (including blank margins): 14.1 x 9.9 cm; card: 17.7 x 12.7 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “An early photograph of Buffalo Bill—(rare)”; “Given by the family of Nate Salsbury from his collection in 1938.” N.p., n.d. [early photomechanical copy print of ca. 1880 photograph]. Image and card lightly rubbed and soiled, scattered fox marks and tiny stain on card, overall very good.

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) (sitter)]. WRIGHT, C.H. (photographer). Bust portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody in formal attire. Cabinet card (albumen print on card), with publisher’s pictorial imprint on verso: C.H. Wright & Co. Artistic Photographers 215 North Fifth Street. St. Louis. Image: 14.8 x 10.3 cm; card: 15.5 x 10.7 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “Buffalo Bill”; “given by the family of Nate Salsbury from his collection, in 1938.” St. Louis, [early 1870s]. Image with a few tiny spots and abrasions, card slightly curled with a small amount of wear and soiling, overall very good.

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) & NATE SALSBURY (sitters)]. Unattributed portrait of Buffalo Bill and Nate Salsbury with his wife and small child; at background left is a hefty woman. Left half of stereo view. Ink inscription on verso: "To Jim Airey from Rebecca Salsbury… Taos, N.M…. Thanksgiving Day—1937." Sitters identified in the inscription. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1888-1889; approximately dated by the presence of the infant Nate Salsbury, Jr. (b. 1888)]. Diagonal crease across image and card, small chip in lower right corner (affecting image), card browned with a few small stains, image a bit faint, overall fair to good.

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) & OTHERS (sitters)]. WASHBURN (photographer). Group portrait of (left to right) Ned Buntline (i.e., Edward Zane Carroll Judson), Buffalo Bill, and Texas Jack (i.e., John Burwell Omohundro, Jr.) in “Scouts of the Prairie” costume, which they performed in various cities in 1872 and 1873. Cabinet card (albumen print mounted on card), imprint below image: Washburn, 109 Canal St., New Orleans. Image: 14.9 x 10.2 cm; card: 16.1 x 10.5 cm. Ink inscriptions on verso in handwriting of several people: “From Poney Bob to Ned Salsbury”; “(left) Ned Buntline | (right) Texas Jack | (center) Buffalo Bill”; “In the costumes they wore in their 1st stage appearance of scouts of the prairie in 1872." New Orleans, [ca. 1885].” Wonderful image of these three men at the beginning of Buffalo Bill’s stage career. Association copy (gift of famed Pony Express rider and Wild West showman Robert “Pony Bob” Haslam to Nate Salsbury, owner and manager of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show). Image with a few spots and light scuffing, a bit of wear to card edges, overall very good. For Ned Buntline and Texas Jack, see Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography, II, pp. 752-753 & II, pp. 1082-1083. On the permutations of the Washburn firm of photographers: Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide, 1839-1865, pp. 613-614.

[CODY, WILLIAM F. (“BUFFALO BILL”) & SITTING BULL (sitters)]. NOTMAN, William (photographer). Full-length portrait of Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill in Wild West Show regalia, Sitting Bull with elaborate feathered headdress and floral-patterned sash, Cody with hat, floral embroidered shirt and thigh-high boots, both men with one hand on a single rifle propped up in front of them. Cabinet card (albumen print on printed card), at base of card below print: Sitting Bull & Buffalo Bill. Wm. Notman & Son Montreal; publisher’s elaborate imprint on verso. Image: 14.4 x 10 cm; card: 16.5 x 10.9 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “1886 1885”; “Given by the family of Nate Salsbury from his collection in 1938.” Montreal, n.d. [1885, date from pen inscription on verso]. Image and card moderately rubbed and soiled with some water spots, corners of card worn, overall good . For more on photographer Notman, see above.

[SALSBURY, NATE (sitter)]. STACY, Charles E. (photographer). Bust portrait of Nate Salsbury in bowler hat. Cabinet card (glossy collodion print mounted on card), photographer’s imprint at base on recto: Stacy CES Ivory Finish Corner 9th St. & 5th Ave. Brooklyn. Image: 14.1 x 9.9 cm; card: 16.6 x 11 cm. Ink inscription on verso: “Nate Salsbury, owner & manager of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West—1894 | Ambrose Park, N.Y.”; “From the collection of Nate Salsbury—given by his family in 1938.” Brooklyn, [ca. 1894; from note on card verso]. Image and edges of card lightly rubbed, otherwise very good.

[SALSBURY, NATE (sitter)]. VAN DER WEYDE, Henry (photographer). Bust portrait of Nate Salsbury. Cabinet card (albumen print mounted on card mount), gilt lettered below image: Van der Weyde Copyright. 182 Regent Street London.W. Image area: 14.5 x 10.2 cm; card: 16.6 x 10.7 cm. Later ink and pencil inscriptions on verso, commencing “Nate Salsbury, owner & manager of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West—about 1891…. From the collection of Nate Salsbury, given by the Salsbury family in 1938.” London, [ca. 1891]. Image and card mount lightly foxed, tiny chip to blank margin in upper right corner of print, otherwise fine. Sometimes the photographer is more interesting than the sitter, and this may be one of those cases, at least in relation to the history of photography. Van der Weyde, a Union officer in the Civil War, artist, photographer, and inventor, set up a photographic studio in London with the proud logo "The Van der Weyde Light." He was the inventor of the first successful artificial light photography at his studio in Regent Street in London where this image was made. See Bridget Ann Henisch, The Photographic Experience, 1839-1914: Images and Attitudes (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994), p. 215.

 

[SITTING BULL (sitter)]. NOTMAN, William (photographer). Bust portrait of Sitting Bull looking strong, stoic, and a bit pensive, with hair in two braids decorated with fur, wearing white shirt, figured cloth vest, ascot, and abstract floral-patterned sash. Cabinet card (albumen print on printed card), imprint below image: Sitting Bull. Wm. Notman & Son—Montreal on card: photographer’s elaborate imprint on verso. Image: 14.5 x 10 cm; card: 16.5 x 10.9 cm. Inscriptions in ink and pencil on verso: “1884 1885”; “Sitting Bull.” Montreal, [ca. 1885, from inscription on verso]. Image lightly foxed, slight wear to card, overall very good. This is a great portrait of the iconic Sioux medicine man and chief Sitting Bull (Tatanka Yotanka) (1834-1890), who was held in the highest regard among the Plains Indians and never gave into white demands. He was already one of the most famous Native Americans ever when in 1885 he signed a contract to appear with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show for four months, and thereafter became even more celebrated, and at times reviled. The Buffalo Bill Wild West Show gave Sitting Bull a contract of $50 a week, a bonus of $125, and the rights to sell his photographs and painfully traced autographs. He was shot and killed by a U.S. Army officer in 1890 for resisting arrest. "The shot that killed [Sitting Bull] put a stop forever to the domination of the ancient regime among the Sioux of the Standing Rock Reservation and that was the true reason for his slaying" (Stanley Vestal).

($3,000-6,000)

 

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