This is a “pencil” original done of a middle-aged Native American, “Split Sky.” This is a larger version of him. Karchner actually started his “Western Collection” with a miniature of “Split Sky.” F.W. Glaser, a little-known photographer, took the reference photo that Karchner used to draw from in Brockton, Massachusetts, 1909.
Reference photos made available by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY.
Pencil on heavy-weight illustration board.