|Title||PIERRE DE LA VERENDRYE|
|Artist||Paxson, Edgar S. (1852-1919)|
|Dimensions||H-81 W-39 inches|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
Pierre de La Verendrye was a French-Canadian who explored the American West in the 1730s and 1740s. At the time Paxson painted this mural, it was commonly believed that La Verendrye had been the first non-Indian to come into what is now Montana. More recent scholarship, however, indicates that La Verendrye never actually entered the state-he only viewed the Big Horn mountains from afar.
The mural is depicting a man in 18th century garb, supporting a gun in his proper right hand and wearing a sword on his belt. His horse stands behind him, and there are two additional figures in the middle ground on the extreme right side of the image. There are trees and mountains in the distant background.