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Catalog Number X1958.05.01
Object Name Letter, Illustrated
Artist Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)
Dimensions H-11 W-8.5 inches
Medium Watercolor/Ink/Paper
Date 1920
Notes In 1909 Russell had exhibited works at the Montana State Fair-then held in Helena-where Nancy had served as the manager of the art department. In 1920, however, he wrote this letter to explain that dental work had prevented him from accepting the invitation to participate in that year's fair. He is standing by a door marked "Dr. J. M. Harding / Dentist / Walk In." The image is captioned "Soup for me since I walked out" in the ULC. The bottom half of the page has the following text, written in ink: "Sept 15 1920 / Dear Friends I want to thank you for the kind invitation to join you at the Fair[.] The above sketch will tell why I wasent thair[.] It would be an honor and I would have been proud to ride with Cow men of my country led by our Governor but I dont think that an old soup eating hoss rangler would ad to the looks of a bunch of beef eating cow punchers / I never was long on looks and in the old days it was said by many that I was the homelist human in the Taritory except a well known saddler in your town[.] he lives thair yet and the last time I saw him time hadent hung no ornaments on him[.] I still hold the edg but since that tooth hunter tore my face props out that saddeler is hansom[.] hes got it all ove me / Thanking you all / Your friend / CM Russell."
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Montana State Fair