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Whitney Western Art Museum

Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt 3
bronze 330
Sculpture 571
William F. Cody 5 military 54 horse 394
H: 149 in, width: 84 in, L: 138 in
Buffalo Bill - The Scout
Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (Not dated but completed in 1924), Roman Bronze Works N.Y. plinth: BUFFALO BILL / MDCCCXLVI - MCMXVII
Acoustiguide. Source: Gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney as part of 2 commissions from the trustees of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association. Provenance: Gift (and partial purchase) from the artist. A rowel stolen off of the sculpture years ago was returned in 1994. The rowel is in VB.C7.S1.
BBHC Cody Enterprise column: “Your Museum Matters” – May 1, 2009 From our collection: In 1922, the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association commissioned a New York artist, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, to create a monument to Buffalo Bill in Cody, Wyoming. Not only did she create a masterpiece, she also gave generously. In 1924, she donated Buffalo Bill – The Scout, and forty acres of adjacent land, to the association, and the statue was dedicated July 4, 1924. For 30 years, the Scout remained a solitary figure at the outskirts of town. Then, in 1954, Whitney’s son, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, contributed a sizeable donation in his mother’s memory, creating the Whitney Gallery of Western Art which opened in 1959. When the Whitney Gallery reopens on June 21, 2009, visitors will now be able to see the Scout through the entire length of the gallery. Credit Line/caption: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875 – 1942). Buffalo Bill – The Scout, 1924. Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Gift of the artist. 3.58
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