Possibly Cheyenne. <em>Ledger Book Drawing</em>, ca. 1890. Ink, crayon, paper, 8 1/2 x 14 in. (21.6 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society and A. Augustus Healy Fund, 1992.27.3 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.27.3_SL1.jpg)

Ledger Book Drawing


Medium: Ink, crayon, paper

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1890

Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 14 in. (21.6 x 35.6 cm)


Accession Number: 1992.27.3

Image: 1992.27.3_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The battle scene on this ledger drawing is briefly as follows: The Warrior has been wounded in the chest and is bleeding from his mouth as he lies on the ground. He wears a full length eagle headdress with a non-native styled coat with buttons. His war lance lies alongside of him. His horse is also wounded in the side in front of the saddle and is bleeding from his nose. Five army men are attacking the warrior as they lay on the ground all firing you can see the bullets fly over the rear of the horse and the spurts from their guns. These drawings are done by tearing out paper from ledger books that were used by army and reservation post managers as a substitute for using hides- the traditional medium for such drawings.

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