Though not relevant to our immediate topic, here are some Indian heads painted by Bierstadt that have the look of being painted in the field:
Anyone have more i formation about them?
Not quite sure what the white men are doing here, but the small breastplate suggests a somewhat early origin for this - maybe it's another 1859 sketch - or something he's taken from an earlier photo or sketch.
The painting below - and I'm assuming the other two like it, is dated 1888 in the Autry Museum catalogue - which would certainly make sense, because the man has the look of a Wild West Show Indian with the longer breastplate:
Here are two images that may also be from this later period:
Cowboy and Indian Study
Sadly, this is the only size I can find; same with this:
Head of an Indian
Any more info on these or more pictures or pictures at a better resolution would be most welcome...
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2018 12:22:20 GMT -5 by grahamew
I've been in touch with the New York Historical Society about the Bierstadt photos in their collection and thanks to the efforts of Jill Reichenbach, I can tell you that this...
... is No. 94 Ogallilah Sioux, Horse Creek, Nebraska.
The NYHS sent a copy of this photo, but sadly it's even less clear than the one posted above, so it's still impossible to identify any of the subjects.
Not only do we still not have all the catalogued Bierstadt photos taken during his time among the Oglala, Cheyenne and Shoshone, but if you look at the list, you'll notice some numbers are missing; these photos weren't thought to be good enough to make the catalogue, unfortunately, so there may well have been more taken among the various tribes.
Here's a photo not posted in the thread so far: No. 90 Shoshone Children, Nebraska:
This is posted with permission of the Department of Prints, Photographs & Architectural Collections of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, New York Historical Society, where it can be found in their Stereograph File of their Special Collections.
Thanks again to Jill Reichenbach.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2018 12:22:45 GMT -5 by grahamew