Dorothy Sloan -- Books

AUCTION 22

 


Cabinet Card of Quanah Parker—A Comanche Chief of almost Mythical Proportions


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468.     [PHOTOGRAPHY]. [PARKER, QUANAH (sitter)]. JACKSON, W.D. (photographer). Seated portrait of Quanah Parker. Cabinet card (albumen print mounted on gilt-edged card). Photographer’s imprint below image in blue: Jackson | Waco, Tex.; verso with ad in pictorial red: W.D. Jackson, Photographic Studio, Waco, Texas. Enlargements in Oil, Crayon and Water Colors. Negatives preserved for future orders). Image: 13.9 x 10.1 cm; card: 16.4 x 10.6 cm. Waco, n.d. [ca. 1880s]. Edges of image cut a bit unevenly, image with small crease in lower right-hand corner and peeling away slightly from card along bottom and left edges, image and card lightly rubbed and soiled, two small spots on card verso, overall very good condition.

     In this portrait, Quanah Parker (ca. 1845-1911), noted Comanche chief and son of captive Cynthia Ann Parker (see Item 165 herein), is attired in Native dress (fringed lap robe and shirt, braids in wraps, holding a feathered symbol of his authority) seated before a painted rural backdrop with trees and a fence. Parker was without question the most influential Comanche leader of the late nineteenth century. For years under his guidance his tribe remained free on the Llano Estacado, although the end of that existence was signaled by their defeat at Adobe Walls. Once his tribe was forced onto an Oklahoma reservation, Parker, preaching and practicing assimilation and accommodation, became the wealthiest Native American in the U.S. Few lives were as dramatic in transitions as that of Quanah Parker—son of a white captive woman who grew up in Comanche culture and evolved from nomadic warrior and leader of the peyote cult to a Gilded Age entrepreneur. For more on Parker, see Handbook of Texas Online. Photographer W.D. Jackson was active in Waco, Texas, from 1876 until at least 1900 (Palmquist, Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005, p. 347).

($1,000-2,000)

 

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