|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
|Dimensions||H-13 W-10 inches|
Russell produced this drawing as part of a 1911 commission to illustrate Owen Wister's archetypal Western, The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains. The original version of Wister's novel, published in spring 1902, was illustrated by Arthur I. Keller, a highly regarded New York illustrator. However, in 1911, the Macmillan Company reissued the book to celebrate the upcoming tenth anniversary of what had become a publishing phenomenon, they substituted the work of two artists more commonly identified with the West: Frederic Remington and Charlie Russell. The publisher selected ten works by Remington. Russell provided one watercolor that was used, in full color, on both the cover and the frontispiece, as well as forty-plus pen sketches used for spot illustrations throughout the 506-page novel. Some later editions of The Virginian dropped the more expensive color images but retained Russell's pen-and-inks.