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Wax sculptures by Charles M. Russell

These whimsical waxes are in our Whitney Museum's collection

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: NancyM


Buffalo with Wolves
Russell, Charles M. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: Buffalo with Wolves

Museum record: 35.59 | H: 3.25 in, width: 5.5 in, depth: 5 in | Buffalo with Wolves | Credit line: Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones. Restrictions: Model not to be sold, loaned, used for the purpose of casting bronzes, or used for the making of any reproductions whatsoever. Source: Charles Jones (1/4 interest 1959) and Armand Hammer (3/4 interest, 12/31/1963) | 35.59.JPG | 35.59.jpg | Animal | wolf | Sculpture | wax | Russell, Charles M.

Laplander Driving...
Russell, Charles M. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: Laplander Driving Reindeer

Museum record: 58.60 | H: 7 in, width: 2.125 in, depth: 20.5 in | Laplander Driving Reindeer | Credit line: Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones. Restrictions: Model not to be sold, loaned, used for the purpose of casting bronzes, or used for the making of any reproductions whatsoever. Source: Charles Jones (1/4 interest, 12-9-60) and Armand Hammer (3/4 interest, 12-31-63) | 58.60.JPG | 58.60.jpg | Sculpture | wax | Russell, Charles M.

Lunch Hour
Russell, Charles M. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: Lunch Hour

Museum record: 38.60 | unknown | H: 7.75 in, width: 7.75 in, depth: 4.25 in | Lunch Hour | Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones. | This wax sculpture recently received conservation treatment. The photograph shows the poor condition of Lunch Hour before treatment. The surface of the piece had developed a brown discharge that made it appear that the sculpture was melting. The conservation project revealed that the problems of the appearance of this sculpture were very complex. Russell made this sculpture suing a piece of found wood for the tree and beeswax to model the bear family. The sculpture was part of the Russell family collection and was never cast in bronze in Russell's lifetime. After the death of his wife, Nancy Cooper Russell, the bulk of their estate was acquired by a collector, H.E. Britzman, who had many of the wax sculptures cast into bronze. Research by Rick Stewart of the Amon Carter Museum uncovered documentation that Russell's waxes were altered during the casting process. The documentation included information about the original appearance of this sculpture. It showed that Russell had made the large bear's claws from pieces of tin and that the wood stump had deep hollow areas. These details are not evident in the bronze casts. Examination of the sculpture showed that material had been added to Russell's original sculpture. Plasticine, a modeling clay, was used to fill in parts of the sculpture, probably to make it easier to cast. Plasticine, a less stable material than beeswax, caused the brown discharge on the surface. Conservator Glenn Wharton, in consultation with Whitney Gallery curator Sarah Boehme and conservator Beverly Perkins, cleaned the sculpture by hand and with solvents where appropriate. The plasticine, which was not part of the original sculpture, was removed, revealing the tin claws, the shape of the wood, and Russell's delicate coloring. The work of art was restored to appear as close as possible to Russell's original conception. | Restrictions: Model not to be sold, loaned, used for the purpose of casting bronzes, or used for the making of any reproductions whatsoever. Source: Charles Jones (1/4 interest, 1959) and Armand Hammer (3/4 interest, 12-63) | 38.60.jpg | 38.60.jpg | 38.60.JPG | Sculpture | wax | mixed media | Charles Russell (1864-1926) Lunch Hour date unknown, wax and mixed media Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones, 38.60 Russell's wax models reveal an inventive and playful side to the artist. Russell made Lunch Hour using a piece of wood he found for the tree and beeswax to model the bear family. He then added other material for details, such as pieces of tin for the large bear claws. | Russell, Charles M.

On Neenah (self p...
Russell, Charles M. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: On Neenah

Museum record: 15.59 | H: 10 in | On Neenah (self portrait) | Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones | Russell modeled in wax this self-portrait on one of his horses, Neenah. He painted the wax and added details with other materials. This sculpture was not intended to be cast in bronze, but it was cast after Russell's death. Two casts can be seen in the free standing case to the left. This sculpture has recently received conservation treatment to restore it to its appearance prior to casting. Conservation work on the Russell waxes was funded by the Charlie Russell Riders Foundation, the Institute for Museum Services, and Wiley T. Buchanan, III. | Restrictions: Model not to be sold, loaned, used for the purpose of casting bronzes, or used for the making of any reproductions whatsoever. Source: Charles Jones (1/4 interest, 1959) and Armand Hammer (3/4 interest, 12-18-62). | 15.59.jpg | 15.59.JPG | Figure | Animal | Sculpture | wax | Russell, Charles M.

Ready for the Kill
Russell, Charles M. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: Ready for the Kill

Museum record: 40.61 | ca. 1909 | H: 4.25 in, width: 6.5 in, depth: 6 in | Ready for the Kill | Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones. Base: Gift of National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, Oklahoma City. | Russell's original wax and wood sculpture was altered when it was used as a model to be cast into bronze, after the artist's death. This sculpture has been restored to its original appearance. | Restrictions: Model not to be sold, loaned, used for the purpose of casting bronzes, or used for the making of any reproductions whatsoever. Charles Jones (1/4 interest, 12-9-60) and Armand Hammer (3/4 interest, 12-31-63) | 40.61.jpg | 40.61.JPG | Sculpture | wax | mixed media | Charles Russell (1864-1926) Ready for the Kill ca. 1909, wax and mixed media Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones (base: Gift of National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City), 40.61 | Russell, Charles M.

Seated Indian, Ow...
Russell, Charles M. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: Seated Indian, Owl at Side

Museum record: 28.59 | H: 9.75 in, width: 4.5 in, depth: 6.25 in | Seated Indian, Owl at Side | Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones | Restrictions: Model not to be sold, loaned, used for the purpose of casting bronzes, or used for the making of any reproductions whatsoever. Source: Charles Jones (1/4 interest, 1959) and Armand Hammer (3/4 interest, 1962) | 28.59.JPG | 28.59.jpg | Indian | Animal | Sculpture | wax | Russell, Charles M.

Turkeys Up a Tree...
Russell, Charles M. | Sculpt...
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Exhibit notes: Turkeys up a Tree, Fox below

Museum record: 40.60 | H: 19.5 in, width: 5.5 in, depth: 3 in | Turkeys Up a Tree, Fox Below | Credit line: Gift of Dr. Armand Hammer and Charles Stone Jones. According to Fred Renner - proper title from Russell was CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR BROTHER FOX. Restrictions: Model not to be sold, loaned, used for the purpose of casting bronzes, or used for the making of any reproductions whatsoever. Source: Charles Jones (1/4 interest, 1959) and Armand Hammer (3/4 interest, 12-31-63) | 40.60.JPG | 40.60.jpg | Sculpture | wax | Russell, Charles M.