The Vanishing Race

The Vanishing Race

1904

Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868-1952)

Orotone in original Curtis Studio frame

Image: 27.8 x 35.5 cm (10 15/16 x 14 in.); Paper: 27.8 x 35.5 cm (10 15/16 x 14 in.); Framed: 40 x 47.5 cm (15 3/4 x 18 11/16 in.)

Gift of Diann G. Mann and Thomas A. Mann 2019.27

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This image is the frontispiece of Edward Curtis’s multivolume study of The North American Indian.

Description

Curtis wrote that this scene of Navajo riding off into the distance showed “that the Indians as a race, already shorn in their tribal strength and stripped of their primitive dress, are passing into the darkness of an unknown future.” The artist’s signature image is produced here as an orotone, a positive gelatin silver print on glass that has been backed with gold pigment or leaf.

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