Indian Encampment, Shoshone Village

Object Number: 
S-52
Date: 
1860
Medium: 
Oil on millboard
Dimensions: 
Framed: 38 in. × 33 5/8 in. × 4 1/4 in. (96.5 × 85.4 × 10.8 cm) Unframed: 24 × 19 3/4 in. (61 × 50.2 cm)
Marks: 
Inscription: on verso: "Shosone Village, among the Cottonwood/Trees on the Sweetwater River, Wind-River Mountains/ in the distance." Signature and date: at lower right: "ABierstadt 1860" Label: @ reverse: 'Prepared Mill-board./Winsor & Newton/Artists Co
Description: 
Landscape which depicts a clearing in the woods that reveals a small Shoshone village; two tepees in foreground: one with a male Native American and a dog, the other with two Native American females and a dog; in the background, there is a male Native American on horseback; a woman carrying what appears to be a papoose on her back; several horses grazing; a dog near the river.
Gallery Label: 
This work was painted from a study done in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming during Bierstadt's first Western journey in 1859.
Bibliography: 
"Early American Landscape and Genre Painters Seen to Advantage in the Picture Galleries of the Public Library," The New York Times, August 27, 1911, Magazine, p. SM15. Hendricks, Gordon, "The First Three Western Journeys of Albert Bierstadt," The Art Bulletin, 46, Sept. 1964, pp. 333-65. Hendricks, Gordon, Albert Bierstadt: painter of the American West, New York: H.N. Abrams, 1974, n.p. Baigell, Matthew, Albert Bierstadt, New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 1981, pp. 32. Koke, Richard J., American Landscape and Genre Paintings in the New York Historical Society, Vol. II, New York: The New-York Historical Society, 1982, pp. 43, 45.
Credit Line: 
The Robert L. Stuart Collection, the gift of his widow Mrs. Mary Stuart
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group