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Images of Custer's Last Stand

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Carol L. Higham


Custer's Last Stand
Paxson, Edgar Samuel | Paint...
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19.69 | 1899 | H: 70.5 in, width: 106 in, Frame height: 98 x 73.75 in, Frame width: 132.75 x 108.75 in, frame depth: 2 in | Custer's Last Stand | Museum purchase | Paxson researched the Battle of the Little Bighorn and spent several years completing the painting. He then circulated it as a traveling exhibition. As part of the explanatory material on the painting, he prepared an outline key which identified the major figures (see diagram at right). | LRC: copyright by/E.S. Paxson Butte/M./99 [verso, LL:] E.S. Paxson/Butte Mont. U.S.A./copyright applied for - | Source: Paxson Heirs | Magazine: Western Art & Architecture: From Cowboy to Contemporary; Perspective: Edgar S. Paxson: Painter, myth maker aspired to historical accuracy, Charles Finn, Winter/Spring 2008, page 72-73 | 19.69.JPG | 19.69.web.jpg | 19.69.jpg | 19.69.jpg | 19.69.jpg | 19.69.jpg | Group | Figure | Indian | military | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | Paxson, Edgar Samuel

Custer's Last Sta...
American Show Print, Milwauk...
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1.69.421 | c. 1912 | sight height: 27.25 in, sight width: 41.375 in, Frame height: 34.188 in, Frame width: 47.875 in, frame depth: 1.75 in | Custer's Last Stand/Greatest Motion Picture Ever Conceived or Constructed | Printed at top: Custer's Last Stand/Greatest Motion Picture Ever Conceived or Constructed, Printed bottom center: Montana Motion Picture Co. Sole Owners and Exhibitors, Printed LRC: American/Show Print/Milwaukee Co./8570 | Original colored lithograph poster, multi-scene advertisement. | 1.69.421.JPG | Multi-Scene | Custer | advertisement | poster | original colored | lithograph | American Show Print, Milwaukee Co.

Custer's Last Sta...
Courier, Buffalo, NY | poste...
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1.69.2165 | 1904 | H: 28.75 in, width: 41.25 in | Custer's Last Stand as Presented By Buffalo Bill's Wild West | Museum Purchase | Lithograph poster. 1905 French tax stamp upper right. | Book: The American Promise, A History of the United States, Volume II: From 1865, Third Edition; Executive Editor, Mary Dougherty; Bedford St. Martin's, Boston 2005, page 664 | 1.69.2165.JPG | 1.69.2165.jpg | 1.69.2165.jpg | poster | lithograph | Courier, Buffalo, NY

Custer & 20,000 I...
Scholder, Fritz | Painting |...
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7.08 | 1969 | Frame height: 34.25 in, Frame width: 44 in, width: 40 in, H: 29.75 in | Custer & 20,000 Indians | Gift of Janis and Wiley T. Buchannan III | In the past, artistic representations of the story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn have focused on the noble valor of George Armstrong Custer and his men. Contemporary reevaluations look at the event in new ways. Scholder, an artist of native descent, has adapted his figure of Custer from the first newspaper illustration that reported the battle in 1876, but he has taken a modern, satirical approach. | oil on canvas, "Custer & 20,000 Indians," Fritz Scholder, 1969 | l.180.2002.1.jpg | Indians | Custers Last Stand | George Armstrong Custer | Painting | oil on canvas | Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) Custer & 20,000 Indians 1969, oil on canvas Gift of Janis and Wiley T. Buchannan III Historic representations of the Battle of the Little Bighorn often focused on the noble valor of George Armstrong Custer and his men. Contemporary society evaluates this event in new ways. This painting is based on an 1876 newspaper illustration reporting the story, but Scholder added a modern, satirical twist. The artist exaggerated, and thus questioned, the accounts. 7.08 | Scholder, Fritz