[Pair of original watercolors of the Camp of K and F Companies of the Ninth U.S. Infantry during the Ute war, at Snake River, Wyoming Territory, in 1879-1880]
by [Wyoming Territory]: [Western Art]
1880. Two watercolors, painted on the recto of two one-cent postcards, each measuring 3 x 5 inches. Description of each scene written in pencil on the verso of each card. Very minor wear. Near fine. Wonderful watercolor views on the Snake River. A pair of lovely watercolors of the camp of two U.S. Infantry companies in Wyoming Territory during the Ute War in 1879-1880. The watercolors show the camp of K and F companies of the Ninth Infantry near the Snake River. One shows the camp during the summer, and the other shows it in the winter. The camp was established in a valley, which is shown as lush and green in the summer scene, but barren and snow-covered in the winter scene. A note on the verso of the summer scene says that the "pictures were painted with water colors by a soldier of this command." The verso of each card contains pencil descriptions of each scene. For example, in the comments on the summer scene it is noted that "the brush back of the tents are sage brush...the timber back of the camp follows the river still to the right are mountains and hills with cedar timbers." Some of the text on the verso of the winter scene discusses the various buildings in the camp, including the cook's house and the sutler's store. The Ninth Infantry was ordered into the field as part of Army strategy during the Ute War, and established their camp along the Snake River in Wyoming Territory in November, 1879. They remained there until July, 1880. Original artwork from the Indian wars of the west is rare.
(Inventory #: 24021)
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