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Karl Bodmer

A Swiss-French printmaker, etcher, lithographer, engraver, painter, illustrator and hunter, is best known in the United States as a painter who captured the American West of the 19th century.

He painted extremely accurate works of its inhabitants and landscape when he accompanied the German explorer Prince Maximilian from 1832 through 1834 on his Missouri River expedition. Bodmer was hired as an artist by Maximilian in order to accompany his expedition and record images of cities, rivers, towns and peoples they saw along the way, including the many tribes of Native Americans along the Missouri River and in that region.

Eighty-one of his pieces were used to illustrate Prince Maximilian's book entitled Maximilian Prince of Wied's Travels in the Interior of North America.

Fort Pierre, SD - 1833

Fort Pierre, SD - 1833

Mandan Village, ND

Mandan Village, ND

Upper Missouri River, MT - Bison and Elk

Upper Missouri River, MT - Bison and Elk

Arikara - Warrior

Arikara - Warrior

Hidatsa - Scalp Dance

Hidatsa - Scalp Dance

Doughertys Agency on the Missouri River

Doughertys Agency on the Missouri River

Hunting Grizzly Bear, 1840

Hunting Grizzly Bear, 1840

Fort Clark, ND

Fort Clark, ND

Steamship Yellowstone

Steamship Yellowstone

Dance of the Mandan Women

Dance of the Mandan Women

Mounted Blackfoot

Mounted Blackfoot