Gelatin silver print,
6 x 8.25 inches, on 8 x 10
inch mount. Item #List409
A striking portrait of a young part-Choctaw
American Indian man in Durant, Indian Territory.
The verso reads “Mr. Frank Love / Halfbreed Choctaw / Durant, IT.” Court records show that Frank Love’s father, Willis Love, applied for membership in the Five Civilized Tribes for his children, including Frank, in a series of cases in the 1890s. The children were eventually denied membership in 1904, with the commission in charge citing the lack of proper documentation. The Dawes Act of 1889 made guardianship a potentially lucrative endeavor, as guardians were able to keep the land themselves until children became of age. A striking portrait, showing Frank Love doubly armed with a shotgun and a pistol and posed in a studio setting. Fine condition, with some chips and wear to the mat.