Condition: Antique Fine to Excellent. There is some very minor damage to surface in a couple of places. This piece is nicely antiqued and aged.
This looks good in any gun room or collection.
History and life: Russell came to Montana in 1880 at the age of 16. After an unsuccessful stint working on a sheep ranch, he found work with a hunter and trapper turned rancher named Jake Hoover, who owned a ranch in the Judith Basin, and from whom Russell learned much about the ways of the west. He worked as a cowboy for a number of outfits, and documented the harsh winter of 1886-1887 in a number of watercolors. Russell was working on the O-H Ranch in the Judith Basin of Central Montana at the time, when the ranch foreman received a letter from the owner, asking how the cattle herd had weathered the winter. Instead of a letter, the ranch foreman sent a postcard-sized watercolor Russell had painted of gaunt steer being watched by wolves under a gray winter sky.
success: In July 2011, the price of Russell's work soared His 1892 oil painting Water for Camp and his 1924 watercolor A Dangerous Sport sold for nearly $1.5 million each.
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