Indian Woman Dressing a Buffalo Skin
ARTIST Captain Seth Eastman
FROM History Condition and Prospects of the Indian Tribes...
CONDITION Engraving, uncolored as issued.
Sheet size: 8.5 x 11 inches.
DATE Philadelphia, 1851-52
Eastman was trained at West Point Military Academy, and was taught topographical drawing there under Robert Weir. He kept detailed pencil sketch diaries of his reconnaissance tours of the American frontier which became important first hand documents of the landscape and native people encountered. Eastman felt a great empathy with the Indian peoples and had a common law marriage with a Native American woman. Eastman's work is an important record of the American west in the mid neneteenth century.