Philip Russell Goodwin (1882-1935) Letter to Charles Marion Russell: A Pair of Double Sided Works each, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4in

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Lot 9
Philip Russell Goodwin
(1882-1935)
Letter to Charles Marion Russell: A Pair of Double Sided Works each, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4in

Sold for US$ 35,000 inc. premium

Lot 9A (front)

Philip Russell Goodwin (1882-1935)
Letter to Charles Marion Russell: A Pair of Double Sided Works
depicting four vignettes, including illustrations of a moose, a stag, the 'Matagni Brigade' and 'Makin' Camp'
signed 'Philip R. Goodwin' (within body of the letter)
each, ink and watercolor on paper
each, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    (probably) Jim Fowler's Period Gallery West, Scottsdale, Arizona.
    Acquired by the late owner, by 1981.

    Literature
    S.H. McGarry, Honoring The Western Tradition: The L.D. "Brink" Brinkman Collection, Kerrville, Texas, 2003, p. 247, illustrated.

    The pair of letters in the present lot contain the following text:

    "Dear Russell, / Your last letter came some little time ago so I guess I will answer it now. / Those were fine sketches you made. That Buffalo roundup must have been very interesting. / Shatzlein wrote me recently and I am going to make a small picture for him. / He said he was up to see you and that you both staid [sic] in the cabin and worked all the time. / I took mother down to Washington about two weeks ago for a couple of days. They have a better collection of Indian costumes and models than in New York in their National Museum, but the animals are bum. / The Corcoran gallery has some good pictures and a fine collection of Barye's animal bronzes. / Have you been modelling [sic] any lately? / I am trying to make a moose but it [sic] a hard job. / I met Rungius the animal painter lately and went over to his studio. He does some fine works and knows all the big game very well."

    "Rungius has been to Alaska and Wyoming and to new Brunswick 6 times. He has a great collection of heads and horns most of which he shot himself. He knows the animals but rarely does anything in violent action. / Bigelow was in and ordered a couple of pictures last week. He said he was up to the lake with you last year. / I have been very busy and have got lots of work on hand. / Am going to make the cover designs for 'Fishing and Shooting' a phamplet [sic] gotten out by the C.P. Ry. And am going to get transportation to British Columbia out of them in part payment for the work. / I want to do a whole lot of sketching of mountain scenery this summer if I go their [sic], it may be that I can run down to Montana for a little while. / At any rate I am going to sketch from nature and expect to make a lot of color studies as I need to do it the west way. We have none of that here and we Eastern fellows have to bring ours home with us. / Dunton has a boy now, that makes two / I hope you will write again."
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Philip Russell Goodwin (1882-1935) Letter to Charles Marion Russell: A Pair of Double Sided Works each, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4in
Philip Russell Goodwin (1882-1935) Letter to Charles Marion Russell: A Pair of Double Sided Works each, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4in
Philip Russell Goodwin (1882-1935) Letter to Charles Marion Russell: A Pair of Double Sided Works each, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4in
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