Buffalo Bill in western art

By most accounts, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody was the most famous celebrity on the planet at the turn of the 20th century. His Wild West extravaganza traveled for some 30 years in America and Europe. Writers penned innumerable accounts of the Great Showman's exploits. And artists, then and now, captured his likeness in sketches, paintings, engravings, and sculptures. In fact, a look at the Whitney Western Art Museum's Buffalo Bill holdings truly tell the life story of William F. Cody. Take a look at these images to gain a perspective on his life and times. What is your impression of his looks? His adventures? Is there anything about which you're skeptical? We welcome your comments!
Curated by Marguerite House

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This gallery has 36 objects

Drawing- Buffalo Bill's Pony Express Years- Elwell, Robert Farrington- pencil
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Painting- Buffalo Bill- Kirkbridge, T.- oil on canvas- Cody, William F.- LR, T. Kirkbridge/1890
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Print- Buffalo Bill- Fell, Olive- etching- Cody, William F.- LRC in image: OF
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Painting- Buffalo Bill- Maurer, Louis- oil on canvas- Figure- Landscape- Animal- Remarks: Canvas patched ULC. Provenance: Done in 1867 according to donor-see...
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Sculpture- Buffalo Bill--The Plainsman- Scriver, Bob- bronze- Cody, W.F.- base: WILLIAM F. CODY/ "BUFFALO BILL"/ PLAINSMAN CONSERVATIONIST/ ALL-AMERICAN HER...
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Painting- A Wild West Welcome- Pirnie, Larry- acrylic on board- Buffalo Bill- verso: "A Wild West Welcome" | Pirnie | ACB09-02 | 2009 (lower right)- Pirnie- ...
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Painting- Buffalo Bill Cody- Maurer, Louis- oil on canvas- Figure- Indian- Group- Landscape- Animal- LLC: L. Maurer./1917.
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Painting- Buffalo Bill Cody Performing- Ross, Thom- acrylic on canvas
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Print- Buffalo Bill Guiding the Troops- Cary, William de la Montagne- etching- Figure- Group- Landscape- Animal- URC: Copyright 1889 by C. Klackner N.Y., LR...
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Painting- Buffalo Bill in Pursuit or Two With One Shot- Bacon, Irving R.- oil on canvas- Indian- Group- Landscape- Animal- LRC: I.R. Bacon./1901/Copyrighted
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Painting- Buffalo Bill in the Limelight- Remington, Frederic- oil on canvas- Figure- William F. Cody- Indian- Group- illustration- Buffalo Bill's Wild West- ...
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Painting- Buffalo Bill on Horseback- Asay, M.J.- oil on canvas- horse- Buffalo Bill- LRC M.J. Asay - 1894
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Sculpture- Buffalo Bill -- Plainsman- Scriver, Bob- Modern Art Foundry- bronze (heroic)- Figure- rear center base: (copyright mark) NAWA / D.A. [backside of ...
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Sculpture- Buffalo Bill - The Scout- Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt- Roman Bronze Works, N.Y.- bronze- horse- military- William F. Cody- Gertrude Vanderbilt Wh...
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Painting- Cody Astride His Buffalo Horse- Wolfe, Byron B.- watercolor on board- Figure- Group- Landscape- Animal- LL: Byron B. Wolfe - CA/W (arc under W) c. ...
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Sculpture- Col. W.F. Cody- Scholl, Anton Friedrich- plaster (white)- Cody, William F.- Left side of pedestal: A. Scholl/Mainz/1891, Front of pedestal: Col. W...
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Sculpture- Col. W.F. Cody- Scholl, Anton Friedrich- Big Horn Foundry- bronze- Cody, William F.- Left base: A. Scholl (underlined)/Mainz/1891; Front base: Col...
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Painting- Col. W.F. Cody (1903)- Goodman, Arthur Jule- oil on canvas- Portrait- Other- LLC: Arthur Jule Goodman/--1903 London- Provenance: Purchased by the B...
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Drawing- Col. William F. Cody- Sawyer, Philip Ayer- conte crayon on paper- Portrait- Other- Source: Original Buffalo Bill Museum Collection
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Painting- Col. William F. Cody- Bonheur, Rosa- oil on canvas- Figure- Buffalo Bill- Landscape- Animal- LLC: "Rosa Bonheur/ -1889-"- Acoustiguide.
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Painting- First Scalp for Custer- Lindneux, Robert Ottokar- oil on canvas- military- Figure- Indian- Group- Landscape- Animal- LRC: Robt. Lindneux/1928 c 192...
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Painting- General Miles and Col. Cody on Winter Campaign- Bacon, Irving R.- oil on canvas- military- Figure- Indian village- Group- Other- Landscape- Animal-...
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Drawing- Gone to Join the Mysterious Caravan- Ding, J.N. (J.N. "Ding" Darling)- pen and ink on paper- transportation- Figure- Indian- Group- Landscape- Anima...
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Drawing- Guiding the 3rd Calvary- Elwell, Robert Farrington- pencil- printed at bottom: 3rd Calvary guided by Buffalo Bill closes on Indian Village from thre...
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Painting- Hickok and Cody- Ross, Thom- acrylic on canvas- Hickok, James Butler "Wild Bill"- Cody, W.F.- label on verso: ALLISON/BEEMAN FINE ARTS SERVICES, I...
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Painting- Pals of 1876, Ned Buntline, Texas Jack, Buffalo Bill- Bacon, Irving R.- watercolor on paper- Figure- Group- Landscape- Animal- LRC: Irving R. Bacon...
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Drawing- Passing of the Wild West- Carter, Robert- pen and ink on paper- Figure- cartoon- Indian- Other- Landscape- Animal- LRC: Robert e/Carter e, Handwritt...
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Painting- Portrait of Buffalo Bill (Wild West Show dress)- Jacobs, L.R. (portraitist)- oil on canvas- Portrait- Other- LL: L.R. Jacobs/1897- Several large ar...
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Print- Portrait of Buffalo Bill (with hat)- Kleiber, Hans- etching- Portrait- Other- LRC: Hans Kleiber (pencil)- Provenance: 1960 BBM catalog #3003 lists sou...
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Painting- The Boy Extra's First Night In Camp- Deming, Edward Willard- b & w opaque on watercolor- transportation- Figure- Group- Landscape- Animal- LRC: (de...
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Painting- The Colonel and Columbus- McConnell, Gordon- acrylic on paper- horse- Buffalo Bill- Columbus- Colonel William F. Cody- verso (on backing of frame):...
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Painting- The Conquest of the Prairie- Bacon, Irving R.- oil on canvas- Cody, William F.- transportation- Indian- Group- Landscape- Animal- Cowboy- LLC: Copy...
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Painting- The Menagerie- Scott, Michael- oil on canvas- birds- Buffalo Bill- peacock- signature, lower left: Michael Scott
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Sculpture- The Showman- Navarro, Chris- bronze- Cody, William F.- Buffalo Bill- Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale- plaque: "The Showman"/by Chris Navarro/25th A...
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Painting- The Summit Springs Rescue - 1869- Schreyvogel, Charles- oil on canvas- Cody, William F.- military- Figure- Indian- Group- Landscape- Animal- LRC: C...
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Drawing- Untitled - Buffalo Bill and Red Eagle- Hargens, Charles- pen and ink drawing for dust jacket on paper board- Figure- Indian- On brand of horse: CH- ...
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