Original watercolor, "The Great Train Hold-Up & Bandit Hunters of the Union Pacific," with pencil, 363 x 900 mm, [c.1907], affixed to board, edges masked with mask peeling, light soiling and wear.
ORIGINAL ARTWORK FOR CLASSIC BUFFALO BILL POSTER, very large. This image was used on posters and billboards for the Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pioneer Exhibition show which opened in Madison Square Garden in 1907 and toured for two years. "Nothing could be more in the character of the Wild West of dime novel and melodrama than the scene thus described in the program: 'The Great Train Hold-Up & Bandit Hunters of the Union Pacific will be a scene representing a train hold-up in the Western wilds. The bandits stop the train, uncouple the engine from the coaches, rob the express car and blow open the safe...." (Russell Lives and Legends of Buffalo Bill pp 444-445.) Horan, Pictorial History of the Wild West, p 89; Rennert Buffalo Bill 74.