Artist: Karl Bodmer (Swiss/French, 1809 - 1893).
Title: "The Buffalo Hunt".
Medium: Gouache, watercolor, and ink on paper.
Date: Composed Possibly painted c1832-1834, probably 1836-1837, but not later than 1842.
Dimensions: Overall size: 15 5/16 x 26 1/2 in. (389 x 673 mm). Image size: 15 5/16 x 26 1/2 in. (389 x 673 mm).
Lot Note(s): Signed by Bodmer with his stylized "J.C. Bodmer" signature in ink, lower left. Painted on medum weight cream wove paper. Very good condition; some toning to the verso, the recto fine. Comment(s): This painting was offered at Sotheby’s New York with pre-sale estimates of $80,000/120,000 on May 19, 2004, lot #195, going unsold. It then sold for $25,160 (Swiss Franc 26,000) at Dobiaschofsky Auktionen, Bern, Switzerland, on November 10, 2004, lot #354. Johann Carl Bodmer was known as Karl Bodmer after 1843, likely as a result of the birth of his son Charles-Henry in that year, after which he then began to sign his works K. Bodmer. He is best known as a painter who captured the American West of the 19th century, accompanying the German explorer Prince Maximilian zu Wied-Neuwied from 1832 through 1834 on his Missouri River expedition. [6880-6-24000]