J. Honegger (early 19th C); Bodmer folio stone lithograph American Indian - Ethnology - 1834
After Karl Bodmer Lithograph produced by J. Honegger, Zurich
Issued in: Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Menschen und der Säugethiere by Schinz.
Stone lithography was the first printmaking technology that allowed a traditional artist to work using traditional techniques, and to create prints that could rival an original painting in terms of detail, mood and color variations.
Folio leaf: 24 x 32 cm
Of the first images after Bodmer that appeared in Schinz’s volume, Peter Bolz wrote: “these portraits were the first published copies of pictures of American Indians from Bodmer’s travels in North America. They were issued about a year after his return to Europe and approximately four years before Prince Maximilian started publishing his extravagant travel journal in 1839. This is one of the reasons why the prints are of special significant: they founded the artist’s reputation as the ‘Indian Bodmer.'” (From “Karl Bodmer, Heinrich Rudolf Schinz and the Changing Image of the American Indian in Europe.” In Karl Bodmer. A Swiss Artist in America 1809-1893. 2009.)