Julia Tuell Signed Photograph of Old Wool, A Prisoner taken by George Nelson Miles
Hand-colored silver gelatin photograph, 6.5 x 8.5 in., on original 10 x 12 in. mount, with typed label on verso identifying the subject as Old Wool, an American Indian woman taken prisoner while "skinning a buffalo," by General Nelson Miles. Ink signed lower right on mount by Julia Tuell, Lamedeer, Montana. The typed label on verso includes inked date of Fall 1877, although this was likely printed during the early 20th century.
Tuell (1886-1960) moved west accompanying her school teacher husband. Eventually settling at Lame Deer Agency, Montana, she developed an interest in photography, and began taking images of the Northern Cheyenne. She became a keen observer of Cheyenne culture, and because of her status as a woman, was allowed access to scenes of daily and ceremonial life usually considered off limits to whites. Her photographs of the Sun Dance, for example, record scenes that were fast-fading on the Northern Plains.
Toning and soling on the mat; however, the image is clean.