Curtis, Edward S. (1868-1952)

Lot 218 - Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) - Home of the Havasupai (PDC91051-0219-011)


Additional Information

  • Medium: Photogravure on Japan Vellum
  • Circa: 1903
  • Size: 12'' x 15.5''

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Lot 218 - Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) - Home of the Havasupai (PDC91051-0219-011)
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Lot 218 - Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) - Home of the Havasupai (PDC91051-0219-011)
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