photograph (documentary artefact)

One of a series of 22 posters, after drawing of photographs. Used as educational posters.

'This example is a head and shoulders face on portrait of a Yupik woman, wearing traditional fur parka with trim, and with thin line tattoos to her lower face, her braided hair tucked within her hood. The artwork was produced after a photograph by the American naturalist and explorer Edward William Nelson (1855-1934).

The photograph was taken by American naturalist Edward William Nelson whilst travelling with the USRC Thomas Corwin, a revenue cutter captained by the charismatic 'Hell Roaring Mike' Healey. Dispatched to the Arctic waters in 1881 in search of the lost exploring vessel USS Jeanette, Nelson and small group of scientists including John Muir, joined the expedition in order to conduct research in the Arctic regions. Nelson's findings were published in several reports, including The Eskimo About Bering Strait (1900), where this photograph first appears, as a far inferior halftone reproduction of the image.'

Information taken from dealer of rare books and manuscripts.

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