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Whitney Western Art Museum

Makers
Ranney, William 5
Descriptions
oil on canvas 335
Names
Painting 860
Subjects
settlers 2 burial 4
Date:
1848
Dimensions:
H: 28.5 in, width: 41 in, Frame height: 37 in, Frame width: 49.375 in, frame depth: 4.25 in
Title:
Prairie Burial
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran
Gloss:
Prairie Burial represents a grieving family standing before a small grave. It serves as a reminder of the many children who died due to illness and accidents during the period of western expansion.
Inscription:
Verso, plaque on left side: Prairie Burial/ William Tylee Ranney/ 1813-1857 [labels at top left, on frame:][typed in red ink] William J. H(torn)ys - Wapiti oil/ Edward Eber(torn)dt and Sons. [label handwritten] WH (indecipherible)/ #3 Boxelle(indecipherible) [label at top right, on frame:] (typed in red ink) 143. William T. Ranney/ Prairie Burial/ oil / Maxwell Moran {label at top right, on stretcher] {hand printed on label with red border] #838 AMERICAN PIONEER LIFE/ A FRONTIER BURIAL/ BY WILLIAM S. (sic) RANNEY 1813-1857 / Signed & dated "Ranney 1842"(?)/ 28x41" inscribed on the stretcher, in black: W. (indecipherable) Esq.
Publication:
Book: Forging an American Identity: The Art of William Ranney, With A Catalog Of His Works; by Linda Bantel and Peter H. Hassrick; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Wyoming, 2006, page 50
Accession Number:
3.97

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