Regional overview: North America

The Museum’s collection of North American material is one of the most significant in the UK, including a series of early portraits of chiefs who visited Washington DC in 1856–7, portraits by C.M. Bell before 1884, and J. Hillers’s photographs from the US Geological Survey to the southwest in 1878. In 1996, the Museum organised the major exhibition Native American Photographs: Nineteenth-Century Images from the Collections (18 May – 28 September 1996), and more information about the Museum’s holdings is available online (view). The Museum was a major lender of original material to one of the most significant UK exhibitions of North American photography in recent years, Native Nations: Journeys in American Photography (Barbican Art Gallery, 1998).

Studio portrait of Hekha'ka Ma'ni  [Walking Elk], by Julian Vannerson  & James E. McClees, 1858–9.  PRM 1998.129.4

Studio portrait of Hekha'ka Ma'ni [Walking Elk], by Julian Vannerson & James E. McClees, 1858–9. PRM 1998.129.4

 

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