Thanks very much for elaborating on your comment, you are obviously well informed and I would have to agree with much of what you say. I am aware of several SB's he did "from life" although this one is the only one signed by SB (authenticated by Wunderlich). I guess old Henry didn't paint circus wagons for nothing! Aside from Cross' 'commercial' side, he really did create an importantant body of work, i.e. the paintings he did of the perpetrators of the Minnesota uprising before they were executed. I believe the Gilcrease has close to ninety of his best paintings. You point is well taken insofar as he seems to have engaged in something close to chicanery, which is why I'm anxious to try to research the railroad conductor story that the dealer told me. I paid a pittance for the painting in 1968 and it was only after the purchase that the dealer mentioned that he got it from the raolroad conductor's family. To add to the substance of SB giving it as a gift, the painting had been remounted in the 1940's as it had been cut from a stretcher and had been rolled up as if to be portable. I know this is all conjecture on my part but I'll do my best to give it credence. Jayman
I've seen the man in the last photo identified as Little John, Mandan and elsewhere as Little Soldier, Arikara. I've seen one in a Barry mount, but I think it's a Goff. Always willing to be proven wrong, however!
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Post by bibliotekker on Nov 29, 2010 11:23:01 GMT -5
Thank you to Dr. Markus Lindner and Gregor Lutz for doing much of the work in locating and defining many of the Sitting Bull photos. Building on their work, I am creating what I believe is the largest displayed collection of Sitting Bull photos in the world here at Sitting Bull College Library. Eventually, the collection will encompass all the "known" photographs of Sitting Bull taken during his lifetime. I am interested in finding print quality versions of the two final photographs listed in Gregor Lutz's document linked here www.american-tribes.com/Lakota/Hunkpapa/SittingBull/SittingBull-Part1B.pdf Our collection would not be complete without them. If you have information regarding these two photographs, please contact me here or at Mark Holman Sitting Bull College Library 9299 Highway 24 Fort Yates, ND 58538 firstname.lastname@example.org 701-854-8024
I agree with grahamew. With high probability this is not a photograph of Sitting Bull. I know no picture of SB on which he was photographed with cut hair.
We should also consider that SB was not a solitary name. I know ad hoc four people who carried this name and I remember dim that I have seen – while reviewing Lakota census lists – 1 or 2 other people with the name: We have the famous SB, his father Returns Again, who took the name before giving it to his son, the Oglala Sitting Bull and a southern Arapaho with Ghost Dance fame, who wore the name.
NOTE: In the 1889 census list of Standing Rock we find – for example - two "One Bulls" (No. 602 = 45 years and No.1311 = 34 years = SBs relative) and two "Gray Eagles" (SBs brother-in-law and a girl). In several Lakota census lists we also find different people with the name "Standing Holy". And of course there were different Red Clouds and Spotted Tails (By chance I found a 82 year old Spotted Tail in the 1886 ! Rosebud Census; see archive.org, on page 75 of the 1886 Rosebud Census PDF-Document of the microfilm).