Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation lands rare Catlin prints

George Catlin (American, 1796-1872), Ball Players, a hand-colored lithograph shown as an example of the artist's work. Sold at auction on Dec. 16, 2006 for $4,500 on the hammer by Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers.

George Catlin (American, 1796-1872), Ball Players, a hand-colored lithograph shown as an example of the artist’s work. Sold at auction on Dec. 16, 2006 for $4,500 on the hammer by Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers.

WASHBURN, N.D. (AP) – The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation has bought a collection of rare prints depicting American Indian life in the 19th century.

The 25 prints are of artwork of George Catlin, who traveled in what is now North Dakota in the 1830s and painted portraits of the people he saw and scenes of their daily lives.

President David Borlaug tells The Bismarck Tribune that the foundation paid $85,500 for the prints at Sotheby’s auction house in New York earlier this month.

The foundation also has a collection of art by Karl Bodmer, another painter who visited the region.

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