Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952) The Scout — Apache, 1906 orotone signed in negative lower right, title label on verso, held in original Curtis Studio frame image: 10 1/2" x 13 1/2"; frame: 16" x 19"
Provenance: Treadway Toomey Auctions, Oak Park, Illinois, 04 May 2008, Lot 451 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
Catalog Note: Edward Sheriff Curtis was committed to documenting and preserving American Indian culture. In this incredibly clear image, he represents an Apache scout using the orotone process that he perfected and called 'Curt-Tones.' Curtis claimed that in his method of printing positives onto glass plates "all the transparency is retained and they are as full of life and sparkle as an opal.'