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Illustrated Texts of the West

I remember travelling through Cody around 1970 and in particular the Illustrated Texts I saw there. Since I am only a days Drive from there now in the Metro Denver area I thought about visiting the Museum to see if they were in the current exhibit. Well until I find that out I have these to enjoy! Thanks so much for this resource.

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


A Steady Goer
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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20.00 | ca. 1890 | sight height: 11.5 in, sight width: 7.125 in, Frame height: 21.875 in, Frame width: 17.5 in, frame depth: 2.5 in | A Steady Goer | Gift in memory of Dorothy "Lambie" Holsapple | This drawing illustrated "Breaking a Horse to Stand Fire" in Harper's Weekly, February 15, 1890. The author, "B.P." possibly Barnet Phillips, wrote, "Mr. Remington's various sketches bring into notice the breaking of horses for pistol practice . . . . The fifth sketch shows a horse used to the business, moving at a swinging stride. The cock of the horse's ears indicates that the animal knows that a pistol is to go off, and he steadies his nerves for the explosion." | signed LLC: Remington | 20.00.jpg | Painting | ink wash | pen and ink | paper | Remington, Frederic

A Study, Prussian
Remington, Frederic | Painti...
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11.89 | ca. 1892 | H: 17.25 in, width: 9.25 in | A Study, Prussian | Gift of John W. Tutt in memory of Vesta Wood Tutt | Commissioned by Harper's, Remington and writer Poultney Bigelow spent May and June, 1892, in Europe observing German and Russian militaries. Several articles, written by Bigelow and illustrated by Remington, resulted from the trip. This watercolor was probably a study for the illustration Cavalryman Watering His Horse, in Harper's Monthly, July, 1893. | | 11.89.JPG | 11.89.jpg | soldier | Painting | watercolor on paper | Remington, Frederic

Breezy Riding
Koerner, W.H.D. | Painting |...
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22.77 | 1926 | H: 37.375 in, width: 31.125 in, Frame height: 41.75 in, Frame width: 37.375 in | Breezy Riding | Breezy Riding illustrated Will Levingston Comfort's story about Cheyenne Frontier Days, "The Firebird." | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner (Koerner underlined)/1926 | 22.77.JPG | 22.77.jpg | Cowboy | Animal | Group | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Courrier du Bois
Remington, Frederic | Drawin...
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61.72 | 1891 | H: 18.375 in, width: 14.438 in, Frame height: 27.25 in, Frame width: 23.25 in, frame depth: 3.25 in | Courrier du Bois | Gift of Vain and Harry Fish Foundation In Memory of Vain and Harry Fish | Remington's drawing, published with the title Courrier du Bois, illustrated Julian Ralph's essay, "A Skin for a Skin" in Harper's Monthly, February 1892. To describe individuals, primarily of French descent, who gathered furs in North America for trade in the seventeenth century, Ralph wrote, "They were of hardy, adventurous stock, and they loved the free roving life of the trapper and hunter." Although Ralph identified these men as "courriers du bois, " the generally accepted form of the term is "coureurs de bois," meaning "runners of the forest." | LR: Frederic Remington__/1891__ | Quarterly journal: Alberta History, Capturing Western Legends, Russell and Remington and the Canadian Frontier; Spring 2004, Volume 52, Number 2; "They Are a Fine Outfit Those Blackfeet": Frederick Remington in Western Canada; figure 42, page 40 | 61.72.JPG | 61.72.jpg | Figure | Drawing | pen and ink on paper | Remington, Frederic

Dear Mamie
Russell, Charles M. | illust...
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73.60 | August 24, 1896 | sight height: 9.75 in, sight width: 7.75 in, Frame height: 19.125 in, Frame width: 17.125 in | Dear Mamie | Gift of William E. Weiss | August 24 | Restrictions: May not be sold or traded under any circumstances. Title: (p. 1 and 2) (Two horses at top of first page). | 73.60VIEW1.JPG | 73.60VIEW2.JPG | 73.60.v1.jpg | 73.60.jpg | Russell, Nancy Cooper | two | horses | illustrated letter | pen and ink on paper | Russell, Charles M.

Dear Nancy
Russell, Charles M. | illust...
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72.60 | 1896 | sight height: 9.75 in, sight width: 7.75 in, Frame height: 19.125 in, Frame width: 17.125 in | Dear Nancy | Gift of William E. Weiss | Russell wrote this letter to Nancy Cooper the month before they were married. | Dear Nancy I received your letter and was glad here you were better I sent you the picture yesterday and also a letter by Vince Fortune I hope you received them all right I am glad Mrs Wiman called on you as I now you must be lonsum Mrs B. R Roberts is coming home monday Maggy Demars is here now and is getting merly Josy is here with her I suppose you herd that the house caught fire but it did not do much damage as we got it out before it got much hedway and you would hardly know there had been a fire well nancey I cant write any more as it is late and I want to get it of [?] to nights mail so I will close with love yours C.M. Russell maggy and Josey send there best love | Restrictions: May not be sold or traded under any circumstances. Title: (p. 1 and 2) (Owl and Birds in Tree at top of first page). | 72.60VIEW1.JPG | 72.60VIEW2.JPG | 72.60.jpg | 72.60.v1.jpg | birds | tree | Russell, Nancy Cooper | owl | illustrated letter | pen and ink on paper | Russell, Charles M.

Dear "Russ"
Goodwin, Philip R. | illustr...
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26.83 | 7-14-1908 | H: 6.75 in, width: 10.5 in, Frame height: 21.625 in, Frame width: 17.875 in | Dear "Russ" | Artist Philip Goodwin wrote this illustrated letter to his friend Charles M. Russell. In it he mentions illustrations he is doing for Winchester calendars. | Last page: Philip R. Goodwin [URC, first page:] July 14, 1908 | First page with moose painting. May be related to letters from C.M. Russell, May 26, 1908 and January 1909, both in Stark Museum of Art | Page 2 with deer painting | Page 3 with no paintings, writing only | Last page with bear painting | 26.83.1-4.jpg | 26.83.jpg | 26.83.3.JPG | 26.83.1.JPG | 26.83.2.JPG | 26.83.4.JPG | Group | Landscape | Animal | illustrated letter | pen and ink | watercolor on paper | Goodwin, Philip R.

Friends Sarah, Ju...
Poulsen, M. C. | illustrated...
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6.03 | March 7, 2003 | Sheet height: 11 in, Sheet width: 8.5 in, Image height: 4.875 in, Image width: 3.5 in | Friends Sarah, Julie & Lillian | Gift of the artist | M.C. POULSEN/ OIL/PAPER/ [copyright symbol] M.C. Poulsen/ "RIVERSIDE GEYSER"/ MAR.7/2003/FRIENDS SARAH, JULIE & LILLIAN,/HAD A GREAT TIME TEACHING/"PAINTING FROM THE MASTER'S" CLASS/THIS WINTER. LOVE THE STUDENTS/ ENTHUSIASM! THANS SO VERY/ MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP AND/ KINDNESS. M.C. Poulsen/2319 Larkspur Court-Cody, Wyoming 82414 - 307-587-6862-fax-307-527-6611/[email protected]/Poulsen | 6.03.jpg | geyser | illustrated letter | pen and ink, oil on paper | Poulsen, M. C.

Friend Ed
Russell, Charles M. | illust...
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74.60 | May 1 1921 | sight height: 9.875 in, sight width: 6.25 in, mat height: 0 in, mat width: 12.063 in, Frame height: 19.375 in, Frame width: 15.875 in | Friend Ed | Gift of William E. Weiss | Russell wrote this letter to artist Ed Borein from California where he met the celebrities mentioned. | LRC: your friend/ C M Russell dated May 1 1921 | 74.60.jpg | 74.60.JPG | California | Borein, Ed | illustrated letter | watercolor and pen and ink on paper | Russell, Charles M.

Friend Perc | [ol...
Russell, Charles M. | Drawin...
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105.60 | 3/27/1920 | sight height: 3.25 in, sight width: 5.125 in, Frame height: 15 in, Frame width: 16.75 in | Friend Perc | [old title] Arrival of the Stage | Gift of William E. Weiss | In addition to being a talented painter, Russell was a skillful storyteller who often illustrated his correspondence with sketches in pen or watercolor. He sent letters to his wife Nancy, to patrons and fellow artists, saloonkeepers and cowboys. Russell sent this card from Pasadena, California to Percy Raban, a reporter for the Great Falls Tribune, as a thank-you for Raban's birthday wishes. | LRC: Pasadina/Cal/March 27/1920; URC: your friend C M Russell; envelope: H.P. Raban/Ford Bldg/Great Falls/mont LLC: no ol (in pencil); URC: postmark: PASADENA/MAR 29/12 M/1920/CAL.; URC: US POSTAGE 2 CENTS stamp | 105.60.jpg | Landscape | horse | transportation | Cowboy | Drawing | pen and ink on paper | watercolor | Russell, Charles M.

Friend Peter
Jackson, Harry | illustrated...
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1.80 | 11-25-79 | Image height: 8.5 in, Image width: 5.625 in, Sheet height: 12 in, Sheet width: 8.5 in, Frame height: 17.25 in, Frame width: 13.25 in | Friend Peter | Gift of Harry Jackson | LRC: Harry, 11,25,79 | 1.80.JPG | Hassrick, Peter | Sacagawea | illustrated letter | watercolor on paper | pen and ink | Jackson, Harry

Friend Sarah
Poulsen, M. C. | illustrated...
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5.02 | April 10, 2002 | Sheet height: 11 in, Sheet width: 8.5 in, Image height: 4.5 in, Image width: 4 in, Frame width: 14.625 in, Frame height: 17.625 in | Friend Sarah | Gift of the artist | printed on page: M.C. POULSEN/2319 Larkspur Court-Cody, Wyoming-82414-307-587-6862-fax-307-527-6611. hand written on page: 10 APRIL 2002/ "YELLOWSTONE FALLS"/FRIEND SARAH,/I CAN'T BEGIN TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE/FOR THE INVITATION TO DO THE "WORKSHOP AT THE WHITNEY."/I WAS OVERWHELMED BY IT'S SUCCESS AND THE ENTHUSIASM/WITH WHICH IT WAS RECIEVED./YOU ARE A MOST GRACIOUS HOST AND I/APPRECIATE YOUR KNOWLEDGE, HOSPITATLITY, AND ATTENTION/ TO DETAILS AS WELL AS YOUR HELPFUL STAFF THAT ARE SO/SUPPORTIVE./PLEASE ACCEPT THIS SMALL SKETCH FOR ALL YOU DO IN YOUR EFFORTS TO FUTHER THE APPRECIATION/OF THE ART OF THE "MASTERS". THANKYOU AND MAY GOD BLESS./WESTERNLY,/M.C./ OIL/PAPER | Yellowstone Falls (title of illustration within letter) | 5.02.jpg | Yellowstone Falls | illustrated letter | oil on paper | pen and ink | Poulsen, M. C.

Friend Tex
Russell, Charles M. | illust...
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76.60 | June 5, 1918 | sight height: 14.5 in, sight width: 7.638 in, Frame height: 24 in, Frame width: 17 in | Friend Tex | Gift of William E. Weiss. | Artist's letters often provide documentary evidence for historians, but Charles Russell's letters make a special art form uniting image and word. Usually light-hearted, the letters present Russell as the home-spun philosopher. The letter to Friend Tex is written to Tex McLeod, a roper in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and contains a touching passage about Russell's adopted son. | Picture at top signed C M Russell/(skull)/1918;Letter signed "your friend/C M Russell";Letter dated June 5, 1918. | Title: (Letter with color picture at top). Picture at top signed: C M Russell/(skull)/1918. Letter signed: your friend/C M Russell | 76.60.JPG | 76.60.jpg | Borein, Ed | cowboy roping horse | McLeod, Tex | illustrated letter | ink and watercolor on paper | Russell, Charles M.

Hello, Chas. M. R...
James, Will | illustrated le...
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79.60.2A/B | 5-30-20 | sight height: 9.625 in, sight width: 7.5 in, Frame height: 14.5 in, Frame width: 11.75 in | Hello, Chas. M. Russell | Gift of William E. Weiss. | Charles M. Russell inspired a legion of young artists, including Will James (born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault). James was pleased to receive a letter from Russell, in which the older artist acknowledged that he had seen works by James in Sunset magazine and praised his knowledge of horses. James responded with this letter. | Sausalito Cal Hello, Chas. M. Russell 5/30/20 Well sir just got back from a trip in Nevada, had a little business to tend to and also see some of the old boys of course, - on my return I finds your letter waiting for me, my mail does'nt follow me wherever I go, I'm not that popular as yet, and I dont get enough of the said mail to make it worth while, furthermore I did'nt think I'd be gone quite that long, anyhow I am mighty glad to hear from you, I sure have to laugh everytime I look or think of the drawings you sent along, it brings memories, and by the contents of the letter throughout I figures you as the kind of a man I'd sure like to meet and have a talk with, I'm right sorry I did'nt get to see you while you came by Frisco, Maynard Dixon telephoned and [?] all over me, but it was just my luck that I could not be found, but this world is'nt so very big and we may run across one another someday Many thanks for the advice on painting and otherthings, I'll sure follow it I think if anyone wants to study the drawing of horses, the best place for them is to lure out to out to one of those southern cow-outfits pick out a good rocky country where all the remuda has to be shod, and the best time is to get there preliminary to either round up, I think then a feller would sure learn "how to feel" and know for sure just how flat, how wide, how big, and how damn strong a horse's leg can be - that's the main part of him anyhow the rest sort of comes natural after one has learned that, and I think that beats studying anatomy all to hell - dont you - a feller sure has [?] "grasp" | Remarks: Sausalito, CA | 79.60.2.jpg | 79.60.2AB.JPG | Cowboy | Russell, Charles M. | shoeing horse | illustrated letter | pen and ink on toned paper | Will James (1892-1942) Hello, Chas. M. Russell 1920, pen and ink on toned paper Gift of William E. Weiss Charles M. Russell inspired a legion of young artists, including Will James (born Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault). James was pleased to receive a letter from Russell, in which the older artist acknowledged that he had seen works by James in Sunset magazine and praised his knowledge of horses. James responded with this letter. 79.60.2A/B | James, Will

Raban, Percy, 5/3...
Russell, Charles M. | illust...
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69.60 | URC: May 3d 1907 | H: 6.25 in, width: 9.686 in, Frame height: 16 in, Frame width: 19.5 in | Raban, Percy, 5/3/1907 | Gift of William E. Weiss | In 1907 Russell traveled to New York City to present his first one-man show i the art capital. His letter to newspaperman Percy Raban indicates Russell's preference for Great Falls, Montana, over the big city. While in New York, Russell saw William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West exhibition at Madison Square Garden. OR Russell wrote about seeing Buffalo Bill's Wild West to his friend Percy Raban, a newspaperman. | May 3d 1907 Friend Percy I am still on dear old brodway among the cliff dwelers every body lives high here but they aint got me skined much Im camped above timber line myself I was down at Madison Square gardon the other day an met Cody he's lost most of his hair in the London fog but his back locks are still long. the show was good real cow boys an Indians this reminds me of central ave but laving all jokes aside Il take our Streets bumps an all NY with cabs under ground an sky sayling car liner is all right for them that like her. but I know a town with two mil of track an a fiew tracks thats swift anough for me give me the camp where I savy the people sketch caption: Heys a Live one | Restrictions: May not be sold or traded under any circumstances. No signature on front | 69.60.jpg | 69.60.JPG | 69.60.jpg | 69.60.jpg | transportation | Figure | Animal | illustrated letter | watercolor on paper | pen and ink | Russell, Charles M.

Indian Artifacts,...
Bonheur, Rosa | Painting | w...
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14.88.1 | after 1841 | Image height: 9.5 in, Image width: 6 in, mat height: 16.5 in, mat width: 12.5 in, Frame height: 18.125 in, Frame width: 14.125 in, frame depth: 1 in | Indian Artifacts, Weapons and Pipes | Whitney Purchase Fund | Copy after objects illustrated in George Catlin's Letters and Notes, Provenance: Numbers on back of tape used for incapsulating: NCA 3551-(No. 41) | Quarterly Journal: Points West: Journal of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Summer 2003, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists of the West?, by Sarah E. Boehme, page 27 | 14.88.1.jpg | 14.88.1.JPG | weapons | pipes | Indian | Painting | watercolor on paper | Bonheur, Rosa

I Don't Know Your...
Russell, Charles M. | illust...
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75.60 | ca. 1910 | sight height: 4.5 in, sight width: 6.25 in, Frame height: 14 in, Frame width: 15.75 in, frame depth: 1.75 in | I Don't Know Your Brother Rube | Gift of William E. Weiss. | In this letter to artist Edward Borein, Russell drew a self-portrait and a portrait of Borein. A native of California, Borein had moved to New York to work as an illustrator. Russell met him there and the two became friends, sharing their interests in art and the West. | LR: your friend/C M Russell/Great Falls Mont | Restrictions: May not be sold or traded under any circumstances. Signed LR: your friend/C M Russell/Great Falls mont | 75.60.JPG | 75.60.jpg | Borein, Ed | Russell Self-Portrait and Ed Borein | Borein, Rube | illustrated letter | pen and ink | watercolor on paper | Russell, Charles M.

Jumping Bull, Gro...
Sitting Bull | Drawing | pen...
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40.70.9 | 1882 | H: 8.5 in, width: 10.25 in | Jumping Bull, Gros Ventre, Captured by Sitting Bull | The Pratt-Evans-Pettinger-Anderson Collection | Drawn by Sitting Bull during time he was a prisoner of war at Fort Randall, Dakota Terrtory, 1882. The drawings illustrated important events in his life. They were made for D.L. Pratt, Post Trader at Fort Randall. Pratt presented the works to G. H. Pettinger in 1925. | Handwritten LLC: Jumping Bull a Gros Ventre/captured in a fight by Bull-/Sitting Bull took a fancy/to him and presented him/with his ____ ____/and horse and permitted/him to be free/Made chief after this occurred. | 40.70.9.JPG | 40.70.9.jpg | Drawing | pencil and crayon on paper | Sitting Bull

Killing a Crow In...
Sitting Bull | Drawing | pen...
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40.70.11 | 1882 | H: 8.5 in, width: 10.25 in | Killing a Crow Indian | The Pratt-Evans-Pettinger-Anderson Collection | Drawn by Sitting Bull during time he was a prisoner of war at Fort Randall, Dakota Terrtory, 1882. The drawings illustrated important events in his life. They were made for D.L. Pratt, Post Trader at Fort Randall. Pratt presented the works to G. H. Pettinger in 1925. | Handwritten on bottom: Same fight-killing a Crow who/dismounted and fought desperately and wounded Bull/in two places. | 40.70.11.jpg | 40.70.11.JPG | Drawing | pencil and crayon on paper | Sitting Bull

Killing a Flathead
Sitting Bull | Drawing | pen...
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40.70.7 | 1882 | H: 8.5 in, width: 10.25 in | Killing a Flathead | The Pratt-Evans-Pettinger-Anderson Collection | Drawn by Sitting Bull during time he was a prisoner of war at Fort Randall, Dakota Terrtory, 1882. The drawings illustrated important events in his life. They were made for D.L. Pratt, Post Trader at Fort Randall. Pratt presented the works to G. H. Pettinger in 1925. | Handwritten on bottom: Killing a Flat Head and reseiving an arrow wound in left side. | 40.70.7.jpg | 40.70.7.JPG | Drawing | pencil and crayon on paper | Sitting Bull

Killing a Flathea...
Sitting Bull | Drawing | pen...
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40.70.6 | 1882 | H: 8.5 in, width: 10.25 in | Killing a Flathead Indian | The Pratt-Evans-Pettinger-Anderson Collection | Drawn by Sitting Bull during time he was a prisoner of war at Fort Randall, Dakota Terrtory, 1882. The drawings illustrated important events in his life. They were made for D.L. Pratt, Post Trader at Fort Randall. Pratt presented the works to G. H. Pettinger in 1925. | Handwritten on bottom: Killing a Flat Head Indian in a battle. | 40.70.6.jpg | 40.70.6.JPG | Drawing | pencil and crayon on paper | Sitting Bull

Killing a Gros Ve...
Sitting Bull | Drawing | pen...
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40.70.1 | 1882 | H: 8.5 in, width: 10.25 in | Killing a Gros Ventre Indian | The Pratt-Evans-Pettinger-Anderson Collection | Drawn by Sitting Bull during time he was a prisoner of war at Fort Randall, Dakota Terrtory, 1882. The drawings illustrated important events in his life. They were made for D.L. Pratt, Post Trader at Fort Randall. Pratt presented the works to G. H. Pettinger in 1925. | Handwritten on bottom: Winter' scene/Killing a Gros Ventre Indian - 100 Sioux on/war path killed 3 Gros Ventre whom they found hunting. | 40.70.1.jpg | 40.70.1.JPG | Drawing | pencil and crayon on paper | Sitting Bull

Letter To Mr. Win...
James, Will | illustrated le...
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4.70 | October 19, 1923 | sight height: 10.625 in, sight width: 8.25 in, Frame height: 12.125 in, Frame width: 11.25 in | Letter To Mr. Winston | Gift of Joseph M. Roebling | Illustrated letter with pen and ink sketches. Signed LR: Will James - | 4.70.jpg | 4.70.JPG | Animal | illustrated letter | pen and ink on paper | James, Will

Mr. W.H. Smith/De...
Russell, Charles M. | illust...
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9.75.1A/B | May 18, 1911 | H: 12 in, width: 10 in, mat height: 24 in, mat width: 16 in, Frame height: 26.25 in, Frame width: 18.25 in | Mr. W.H. Smith/Dear Sir | In this letter to W. Hinckle Smith, a Philadelphia businessman, Russell describes two important oil paintings he displayed at New York's Folsom Galleries: The Range Mother (1908) and Sun Worshippers (1910). | Letter addressed to: Mr. W. Hinkle Smith Franklin Bank Building Philadelphia Penn May 18 1911 Mr. W. H Smith Dear Sir It is hardley worth while to tell you a cow man the meaning of the picture a Range mother as you know well enough what a fighting cow is especially one with a calf but for the people who dont know on the ranges I knew on long hot drives to the round up grounds a calf would some times get leg weary in these cases the calf was roped ear marked an dropped with its mother to be picked up an branded later. in this painting the mother has objected The Sun Worshipers all planes Indians [?] prayed to the sun and were much more devout than their Christian white brothers This painting represents the advance of a hunting party the old man is asking the sun for success in the buffalo run the seen is in the sun river or as the Indians call it Medicine River valley in Montana in the background is sun river buttes Im old times this wase one of the [?] hunting grounds of the Blackfeet Yours verry truly C M Russell | Signed LR: CM Russell | 9.75.1A&Band.2.JPG | 9.75.1A&Band.2.jpg | Indian | illustrated letter | pen and ink on paper | Russell, Charles M.