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Catalog Number X1952.01.11
Object Name Drawing
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-15 W-10.5 inches
Medium Pen and Ink/Paper
Date 1901
Notes In 1901 Russell drafted a series of sixteen character sketches that have collectively become known as his "Western Types." Each features a full-scale portrait of a single, prototypical Westerner, augmented with a much smaller vignette executed beneath it to help provide context for that "type." Fourteen of the characters portrayed were men; the two females depicted were both Native American. Russell believed that fur trappers-like the one pictured here wearing a trade blanket capote and bearing a Northwest trade gun featuring its distinguishing serpent-shaped sideplate-were America's "first and real adventurers.
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