Bow River – Archival Print


Curtis featured the stunning scenery of The Bow River as the backdrop for this image. Beginning in the Rocky Mountains, the Bow River winds through the Alberta foothills onto the prairies, where it meets the Oldman River. The two then form the South Saskatchewan River and ultimately flow through the Nelson River into Hudson Bay.

The Blackfoot Tribe made varied use of the river for sustenance before European settlers arrived, such as using its valleys in their buffalo hunt. The name Bow refers to the reeds that grew along its banks and were used by native people to make bows. The Blackfoot language name for the river is Makhabn, meaning “river where bow reeds grow”.

Available in 11 x 14″ and 16 x 20″

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Our quoted dimensions are for the paper size, not the printed image itself.

For ethical and aesthetic reasons, we do not crop or alter the aspect ratio of Curtis’ original images. All of our prints have a minimum border of 1 inch to allow for safe handling and framing. For instance, an 11” x 14” print of An Oasis in the Badlands will have an image size of 10-3/8” x 12

Photographed in 1926, the image was created using a high-resolution scan from an original Curtis photogravure. Prior to scanning, the vintage photogravure was professionally conserved to restore the print to its original appearance. After conservation, the images are prepared and optimized for printing with pigment-based inks and 100% cotton paper to ensure archival stability and quality that aligns with Curtis’ original intent.

Prior to shipping, the team at Cardozo Fine Art inspects each print and creates an individual Certificate of Authenticity. Each shipment is carefully packed to ensure it will arrive in excellent condition. Please allow up to 10 days from receipt of the order to shipping. We will notify you when your order has shipped.

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11×14, 16×20, 20×24, 30×40