Sep 26, 2019 - Sale 2517

Sale 2517 - Lot 8

Price Realized: $ 1,125
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(AMERICAN INDIANS--PHOTOGRAPHS.) Hillers, John K.; photographer. Portrait of Little Bear of the Cheyennes. Albumen print, 10 x 8 inches, unmounted, numbered 38 in the negative; minimal wear. [Okmulgee, OK, 10 May 1875]

Additional Details

John Karl Hillers (1843-1925) was an expedition photographer for John Wesley Powell. His diary for 10 May 1875, believed to be the day he shot this image, reads "I found six Cheyennes who had just left the war path, all strappen big fellows. I took them among rocks and set them up as food for my camera." The sitter Little Bear was a survivor of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre.