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Lot 15: LUMMIS, CHARLES (1859-1928) Album titled "Picturesque New Mexico,"Platinum House
October 4, 2012
New York, NY, USALive Auction
LUMMIS, CHARLES (1859-1928)
Album titled "Picturesque New Mexico," with 95 cyanotypes as well as a note and self-portrait from Lummis addressed to "My dear Saint." Comprised of portraits of Southwestern American Indians as well as majestic views of their dwellings and surroundings. Images of Isleta, Acoma, Santa Clara, Taos, Laguna, Zuni, Pu-Yé, and San Felipe pueblos as well as the Pa-tol stick game and ritual dances. Cyanotypes sized 4 3/8x6 7/8 inches (11.1x17.5 cm.), and the reverse, with a combination of Lummis's credit, date, inventory number, or a caption, in the negative. Oblong 12mo, gilt-lettered red leather, lightly worn; all edges gilt. 1889-1891
Notes: A noted journalist and American Indian rights activist, Charles Lummis spent much of his time photographing and learning about the American Indians of the Southwest. While he was a prolific photographer of the Southwest, the images in "Picturesque New Mexico" are distinctive in that they are predominantly photographs of women and children working in and around their pueblos.