Harper's Weekly, Vol. XIX, No. 940

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Wood engravings in this issue of Harper's Weekly range from a snowy urban New Year’s scene on the cover, to images from the American West designed by Jules Tavernier and Paul Frezeny. In 1873, those artists set out across the continent, traveling with a General Smith and planning to send images back to East coast periodicals. The issue centers on a dramatic double-page spread titled "Indian Sun Dance--Young Bucks Proving Their Endurance by Self-Torture." Tavernier and Frenzeny may have been the only white Europeans to witness this ceremony, performed at the Red Cloud Agency in Nebraska. The Museum's collection also contains Tavernier's "Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California," 1878 (2016.135), a painting that describes a Native ceremony that Tavernier attended in California—he lived in San Francisco and Monterey between 1874 and 1884.

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