Prayer to the Stars
Orotone print with original Curtis studio label and frame.
Plate: 10 x 8 inches Frame: 13 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches.
Signed Curtis and copyright in the plate lower right. Three labels verso: Prayer to the Stars This was made by of the illustrations to Marah Ellis Ryans novel The Flute of the Gods showing the devotee as he reaches out his hands in supplication to his brothers the stars. ... This subject is selected from the great collection made as a permanent record of the Northern American Indian.- The Edward S. Curtis Studios Inc, Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
Quote in the center verso reads: Glory of Sun at dying day- Beauty of cloud in the sky- Splash of light in the crag- Passionpess gold of Nature- Make me as thou. Lend me thy gift- Teach me thy secret- give me thy spirit.
Label verso at the bottom of the frame reads: The Edward S. Curtis Studio Photographs- Indian Studies Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles.
(Condition: Please contact fine arts department for a full condition report.) was not examined out of the frame as to not disturb the original labels and framing.
Auction Date: September 7, 2019