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Accession Number:
88.60
Makers
Russell, Charles M.
Descriptions
watercolor on paper
Names
Painting
Subjects
Landscape, Animal, wolf, Group
Date:
ca. 1903
Dimensions:
H: 20.5 in, width: 29 in, Frame height: 33.5 in, Frame width: 41.5 in, frame depth: 2 in
Title:
Waiting for a Chinook
Credit Line:
Gift of Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation, Inc.
Gloss:
Severe storms in the winter of 1886 - 1887 brought ruin to Montana's cattle industry. When owners of a herd of 5,000 cattle requested a report on their herd, cowboy Charles Russell simply drew a starving cow about to drop before ravenous wolves and titled it Waiting for a Chinook, (a warm west wind). His drawing conveyed the impending disaster more eloquently than any written report. Later he painted this larger version and added the additional title by which the work had become known, The Last of 5000.
Inscription:
LLC: C M Russell(skull);LL: Waiting For A Chinook/The Last of 5000
Publication:
Film: Theodore Roosevelt: An American Lion; Greystone Communications, North Hollywood, CA; two (2) film tape set; 2003|

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