|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.
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875 – 1942). Buffalo Bill – The Scout, 1924. Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. Gift of the artist. 3.58