Travels into the Interior of North America

Karl Bodmer

Complete set

Travels into the Interior of North America

Travels into the Interior of North America provides a valuable record of life along the Missouri River in the 19th century.

Heritage Prints has direct access to these original works and reproduces them perfectly using the latest in digital technology. Throughout this reproduction process Heritage Prints has the original works of art available as a reference.

These detailed illustrations provide a valuable insight into American history. They will bring years of enjoyment as you imagine stepping into Bodmer’s shoes during his epic expedition, meeting these tribes for the first time.

Heritage Prints is a Fine Art Studio that focuses on historic giclée prints. Complete collection of your favorite artist.

Own your own collection

Our collection includes the complete set of 82 black and white Bodmer illustrations. You can have these hand-colored by our skilled colorist, providing you with unique hand-colored versions of the original engravings.

A complete set includes:

  • 1 title page
  • 2 content pages with the titles of all tableaux and vignettes
  • 48 giclées of aquatint tableaux
  • 33 giclées of aquatint vignettes
  • A map of the historic route
  • 2 elegant handcrafted Solander boxes, embossed with gold lettering.
  • A certificate of authenticity

Publication: Travels into the Interior of North America (1832-1834)

Author: Maximilian, Prince of Wied (1782-1867)

Artist: Karl Bodmer (1809-1893)

A complete set includes: 
1 title page
2 content pages
48 giclées of aquatint tableaux
33 giclées of aquatint vignettes
A map of the historic route
Certificate of authenticity

Casing: The complete set will be cased in two elegant handcrafted Solander Boxes covered in special linen embossed with golden lettering.

You may choose your own color of the boxes and your own lettering.

Size of the tableaux: 32.2 x 17.7 inches (59 x 45 cm)

Size of the vignettes: 22.8 x 11.8 inches (44.5 x 30 cm)

Size of the map of the route: 35 x 22.8 inches (89 x 58 cm)

Durability: to ensure the durability, the giclée’s are printed on acid-free white etching paper (270 g/m2) with archival ink.

Quality: these prints were  photographed using the latest technology, with a color-checker color matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. Printed in the highest possible resolution, these prints are indistinguishable from the originals when glazed and framed.

Limited Edition: The edition will be limited to 50 sets, numbered 1/50H to 50/50H, signed and stamped with a blind embossing.

Born in Switzerland, Bodmer’s introduction to artistic exploration can be attributed to his uncle Johann Jakob Meier – a prominent engraver. At the age of 13, Meier began teaching Bodmer, taking him on artistic expeditions through Switzerland.

Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied

In early adulthood, Bodmer left Switzerland to begin working as a painter and engraver in Germany. It was here that he was spotted by the German aristocrat and explorer Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied.

Maximilian was planning an expedition across the American West and asked Bodmer to join him as the expedition’s official artist.

Start of the journey in 1833

In 1833 Bodmer began the 2,500-mile journey, accompanying Maximilian along the Missouri River. They began in St. Louis and travelling by steamboat and keelboat they made their way to Fort McKenzie (close to the present-day Fort Benton in Montana).

Bodmer’s role during the expedition was to record the sites encountered during the journey including the landscapes and people, and in particular the tribes of Native Americans who lived along the Missouri River.

After spending the winter at Fort Clark, the expedition party made the return journey, after more than a year exploring the Upper Missouri. Bodmer had created numerous black and white illustrations during the trip while Maximilian had detailed notes for the book that would later become the renowned Travels in the Interior of North America.

Paintings reproduced as 81 aquatints

Following their epic journey, Bodmer and Maximilian travelled to Germany and then France where 81 of Bodmer’s paintings from the expedition were reproduced as aquatints. Maximilian included these in his book which was first published in German in 1840 and later in English.

Bodmer made France his home and was made a French citizen. He continued to paint and joined the Barbizon School; an association of painters who specialise in landscapes and artwork featuring animals.

Travels into the Interior of North America provides a valuable record of life along the Missouri River in the 19th century.

Maximilian was keen to create a detailed record, accurately portraying the cultures of the many Native American tribes he met during his travels, including the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes who had settled on the banks of the Missouri. He also recorded the lives of the many nomadic tribes he met including the Sioux, Assiniboine, Plans Cree, Gros Ventres and Blackfoot tribes.

Illustrations bring book to life

Of course, Maximilian’s detailed descriptions provide a fantastic insight into the lives of these tribes but it is Bodmer’s illustrations that truly bring the book to life. His illustrations are widely regarded to be amongst the most detailed and accurate depictions made and gave readers an amazing insight into the lives and customs of these tribes for the first time.

Bodmer’s evocative titles include: A Skin Lodge of an Assiniboin Chief, Dance of the Mandan Indians, and Funeral Scaffold of a Sioux Chief.

Own your own Bodmer giclée print

Our collection includes the complete set of 82 black and white Bodmer illustrations, bringing you the opportunity to own a true copy of the original engravings.

Recreated directly from the originals, each is printed on age-resistant paper using fine art digital printing processes which resist fading for 100 years. Printed with the highest possible resolution, these are indistinguishable from the originals.

These detailed illustrations provide a valuable insight into American history. They will bring years of enjoyment as you imagine stepping into Bodmer’s shoes during his epic expedition, meeting these tribes for the first time.

A note on color

True to the originals, our set of Bodmer giclée prints are produced in black and white.

However, if you would prefer color prints, you can have your prints hand-colored by our expert colorist Jane Niebling. She uses traditional methods to add color to black and white prints, with beautiful results.

Solander Box & Certificate

When investing in the complete Bodmer set, you can also choose our beautiful Solander box as the perfect place to store your collection.

This high-quality box is designed especially for keeping your prints safe and in perfect condition – yet you can still easily look at them whenever you wish.

You willl also receive our Certificate of Authenticity. This shows all the details of your artwork and gives you valuable certification if you ever wish to sell or bequeath your collection in the future.

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Custom coloring

True to the originals, our set of Bodmer giclée prints are produced in black and white.

However, you may want to bring your print to life with color and have them hand-colored in period color palettes. 

Part of the charm of hand coloring is that each print will be worked on individually. While two prints may have the same overall appearance, the fine detail and brush work will, upon close inspection, be found to show small differences.

In effect, each hand-colored print will become a new original!

Limited Edition

We know how special it is to own a piece from your favorite artist; a piece that will be a real talking point in your home.

That is why each edition is limited to just 50 prints. These are numbered from 1/50 to 50/50 and are signed and stamped with a blind embossing.

So when you choose prints from Heritage Prints, you know your artwork has been printed with great care and in limited numbers, making it a print only a select few will own.

Certification

When you invest in our prints or collections, you will receive a certificate of authenticity.

This provides a lasting record of your artwork and gives you valuable certification if you ever wish to sell or bestow your collection in the future.

Solander Box

When investing in a complete set, our Solander box is the perfect place to store your collection.

The box is covered with library buckram cloth and is fitted with a card holder to the spine with attaché fasteners.

This elegant, high-quality box is designed especially for keeping your prints safe and in perfect condition – yet you can still easily look at them whenever you wish.

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