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Catalog Number X1952.01.02
Object Name Drawing
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-14 W-10.375 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.

For most of the figures in his Western Types series, Russell included firearms among their defining accoutrements. For 'The Scout', he depicted two-a Winchester carbine cradled in the figure's left arm and a holstered revolver secured around his waist with a cartridge belt. The tip of the holster is strapped to his thigh with a leather thong to facilitate a quick draw should the need arise. Indicative of his life on a remote frontier, he is clad in a fringed buckskin shirt, beaded leggings, and moccasins. The vignette depicts the scout at work, reconnoitering a tipi camp from behind a rocky outcropping while his horse waits quietly beside him.
Search Terms Western Types