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AUCTION 22

 

 

 

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470.     [PHOTOGRAPHY]. PRETTYMAN, William S. (photographer). Seven photographic prints:

PRETTYMAN, William S. Group portrait of Native Americans in traditional dress, seated in front of bark house (one standing). Albumen print mounted on card with photographer’s blue imprint on verso: Prettyman & Cornish, Photographers, Enlarging a Specialty, 5th Ave. Studio, Arkansas City, Kansas. Image: 19.3 x 24 cm; card: 25.1 x 30.5 cm. Arkansas City, Kansas, n.d. [ca. 1880s]. Image a bit faded, card foxed and heavily chipped, fair condition only. The standing figure in this photo can be identified as Sac chief Pa She Pa Ho, who is seen standing in front of the same bark house in another photograph, published on p. 60 in Robert E. Cunningham (editor), Indian Territory. A Frontier Photographic Record by W.S. Prettyman. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1957.

PRETTYMAN, William S. Portrait of young Anglo man in boots, striped pants, jacket, and hat, seated before painted backdrop of rural river scene. Cabinet card (albumen print mounted on card with gilt crenellated edges), photographer’s imprint below image: Prettyman & Cornish, Arkansas City, Kansas. Image: 13.7 x 9.7 cm; card: 16.5 x 10.7 cm. Arkansas City, Kansas, n.d. [ca. 1885-1890]. Fine.

PRETTYMAN, William S. (attributed). Image of two-story log cabin in Kansas or Indian Territory with women and children standing in front; group includes Native Americans and Anglos. Albumen print mounted on card. Image: 18 x 23.7 cm; card: 25.3 x 30.4 cm. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1885]. Image and card lightly foxed, edges of card a bit chipped, overall good.

PRETTYMAN, William S. (attributed). Group portrait of well-dressed Anglo family gathered around porch of wooden house, Kansas or Indian Territory. Albumen print mounted on card. Image: 19.6 x 23.6 cm; card: 25.4 x 30.4 cm. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1885]. Image and card a bit foxed, image somewhat faded, edges of card worn, overall good. The sitters’ elaborate, fancy Victorian attire is in marked contrast to their home and environment.

PRETTYMAN, William S. (attributed). Image of one-story log home in Kansas or Indian territory with Anglo family on porch, the man at right leaning against a post and the woman in a rocking chair holding child. Albumen print mounted on card. Image: 17.9 x 22.6 cm; card: 25.4 x 30.5 cm. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1885]. Image and card lightly foxed, area of darkening and a few spots in upper left quadrant of image (probable printing artifact), image a bit weak, overall good.

PRETTYMAN, William S. (attributed). Wooden board-and-batten house with Anglo man and woman seated in chairs facing one another, child at side of house, and horse in yard, Kansas or Indian Territory. Albumen print mounted on card with ruled decoration in pencil. Image: 18.8 x 23.5 cm; card: 25.3 x 30.4 cm. N.p., n.d. [ca. 1885]. Image very faded, card and image foxed and lightly worn at edges, fair condition only.

PRETTYMAN, William S. (attributed). Young Anglo man on horse, Kansas or Indian Territory. N.p, n.d. [ca. 1885]. Albumen print mounted on card. Image: 19.2 x 23.8 cm; card: 25.5 x 30.7 cm. Image with several chips and deep scratches, card and image foxed, waterstain to blank margin of card, edges of card worn, fair condition only.

     William S. Prettyman (1858-1932), born in Maryland, migrated west as a young man and apprenticed to Civil War photographer I.H. Bonsall in Arkansas City, Kansas, soon opening a gallery in that city. Fascinated by Native American groups in the region, Prettyman made numerous trips into Indian Territory during the late nineteenth century, photographing Native peoples and their homes. Prettyman was also an important chronicler of the settlement of the region by Anglos, including the opening of the Cherokee Outlet in 1893, in which he himself established a claim. Oklahoma historian Muriel H. Wright noted that his work that day in capturing images of settlers participating in the Run of 1893 was especially valuable because it was a landmark in news photography, Soon afterwards he became a permanent resident of Blackwell, establishing a studio there. Prettyman migrated to California in 1905, abandoning photography and dying there in 1932. For more information see Cunningham, Robert E. (editor). Indian Territory. A Frontier Photographic Record by W.S. Prettyman. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1957.

($750-1,500)

Sold. Hammer: $750.00; Price Realized: $900.00

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