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Catalog Number X1952.01.26
Object Name Painting
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-10.5 W-13.25 inches
Medium Watercolor/Gouache/Paper
Date 1925
Notes Friend and patron Malcolm S. Mackay commissioned Russell to paint this image for his book, 'Cow Range and Hunting Trail', published in 1925. The book was a memoir of Mackay's early days in Montana and was dedicated to his children. The painting portrays an actual event that happened in Mackay's life. He and a friend tracked a couple of bighorn sheep up a high, narrow mountain ledge. The rams unexpectedly turned, forcing them to shoot quickly. "Bang! Bang! Bang! Our rifles roared. It seemed as if both of us would be pushed off the cliff," Mackay wrote. But the men quickly reloaded again, fired, and narrowly escaped disaster. The rams were trophy-size beasts, with horns measuring 13½ and 15 inches, respectively, around the circumference of the base of each horn.
Search Terms Hunting
Bighorn Sheep