John Y. Nelson, a member of the cast of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, poses on horseback with the body of a deer across his lap. He holds a rifle up with his right hand. Numerous rocks and trees are in the right and left foreground. Nelson guided Brigham Young to Utah in 1847 and was a scout with William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody at Fort McPherson in 1869. He acted as interpreter in some of the wild west shows and also served as a stagecoach driver and cowboy in some of the acts. Nelson also played the settler in the "Attack on a Settler's Cabin" act in the wild west show. The settlers are saved by Cody. Nelson and his Sioux family were presented to Queen Victoria while the show toured in England in 1887.
"1887 1st European tour From the collection of Nate Salsbury" handwritten on back of print.; "Returning Hunter, Buffalo Bill's Wild West" typed on photoprint.; Vintage photographic print with photographer's stamp on back readng "Elliott and Fry Photographers 55 & 56, Baker Street, London."; R7001051151
1 photoprint ; on mat 11 x 17 cm. (4 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.)
Is Part Of
Salsbury collection, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Wild west shows--1880-1920.; Buffalo Bill, 1846-1917.; Nelson, John Young, b. 1826.; Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
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