American scout and Wild West showman (1846-1917). A sepia bust portrait of Cody in a fringed buckskin jacket and cowboy hat, by Brooklyn photographer Stacy, darkly signed in the upper right corner of the image. N. p. n. d. Cabinet format. 109 : 167 mm.
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A sepia bust portrait of Cody in a fringed buckskin jacket and cowboy hat, by Brooklyn photographer Stacy, darkly signed in the upper right corner of the image.
Buffalo Bill’s career began as a performer with William Carver’s Wild West Show in 1883, but he soon set out on his own, with a spectacle featuring cowboys, Indians, wild buffalo and such notable figures as Sitting Bull and Annie Oakley. He took his popular “Wild West” show on three European tours, the first to expose Europeans to the mythology of the American Wild West.
Our photograph likely dates from the summer of 1894 during which the Wild West Show staged performances in Brooklyn’s Ambrose Park. “By the time William F. Cody, better known as Buffalo Bill, reached Brooklyn, he had already achieved prominence as a cultural icon of the American West… In 1894, Cody and his managing partner, Nate Salsbury, returned to New York [where they had performed on Staten Island in 1886] with the hope of capitalizing on the show’s success in Chicago during the previous summer. Collaborating with the Thirty-ninth Street Ferry company, they leased a twenty-four-acre parcel of land in Ambrose Park, Brooklyn. Hordes of Manhattanites and other New Yorkers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge or rode the ferry directly to the show ground… only one show was cancelled due to heavy rains, resulting in a total of 126 performances,” (“Buffalo Bill’s New York,” Museum of the City of New York Blog, https://blog.mcny.org/2015/01/06/buffalo-bills-new-york/)..