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Frame height: 25.75 in, Frame width: 31.75 in, frame depth: 1.5 in, H: 20.5 in, width: 26.5 in
The Trapper's Last Shot
Museum Purchase from William E. Weiss Memorial Fund
"Painted by WRanney" (Left corner, under print); "The Trapper's Last Shot" (center, under print); "Engraved by T.D. Booth CINNti" (right corner, under print)
This is a rare engraving of one of William Tylee Ranney's most popular images, The Trapper's Last Shot. The engraving was produced in 1850 by T. Dwight Booth for the Western Art-Union in Cincinnati. Booth's interpretation of Ranney's painting is almost identical in size to the original work. Two later versions of the engraving were distributed, one by J.M. Emerson and Company and another by Currier and Ives.
The subject of the engraving is a mountain man in peril. An historical figure associated with the fur trade era in the West, the mountain man was celebrated by both artists and authors as an adventurous, entrepreneurial western hero. Notably, artist Charles Deas (1818-67) had propagated an idealized image of the mountain man in his 1844 painting, Long Jakes, "The Rocky Mountain Man". Ranney's character may be based on Joseph L. Meek (1810-75). '
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Whitney Western Art Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.