Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926) Indian on horseback travelling with a squaw and pack horses 11 x 13in
Lot 146
Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926) Indian on horseback traveling with a squaw and pack horses 11 x 13in
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Lot Details
(n/a) Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926)
Indian on horseback traveling with a squaw and pack horses
initialed 'CMR' with cow skull cipher (lower left)
pen and ink on paper
11 x 13in
overall: 24 x 26in

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Collection of Owen Wister
    Thence by descent to the present owner

    Owen Wister (1860–1938) was an American writer, considered by many to be the father of Western fiction. He spent several summers in the American West, making his first trip to Wyoming in 1885. Like his friend Teddy Roosevelt, Wister was fascinated with the culture, lore and terrain of the region. On an 1893 visit to Yellowstone, Wister met the Western artist Frederic Remington, who became a lifelong friend. Wister wrote novels, plays and short stories but his most famous work remains the 1902 novel The Virginian, the story of a cowboy who is a natural aristocrat, set against a highly mythologized version of the Johnson County War. It was widely regarded as the first cowboy novel and highly popular; it was reprinted fourteen times in the first eight months and inspired several film versions. The book was dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt.

Saleroom notices

  • Additional footnote should read: LITERATURE: Owen Wister, The Virginian, 1911, p.349, illustrated. Washington Farmer, Spokane, Washington, vol.80, no.18, September 15, 1955, p.25, illustrated. B. Byron Price, Anne Morand, Brian W. Dippie, Charles M. Russell: A Catalogue Raisonee, Norman, Oklahoma, 2007, CR.DR.229.
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