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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