|Artist||Russell, Charles M. (1864-1926)|
|Dimensions||H-18 W-10 inches|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
History documents two great romances in Russell's life. The second was Nancy Cooper Russell, his wife of thirty years. His first love, however, was Laura Edgar. Lollie, as she was affectionately known, spent the school year in St. Louis but returned every summer to her family's ranch, where Russell worked. Laura's parents were less than enthusiastic about the budding romance between their young daughter and the itinerant cowboy. When, in 1886, the Edgar family sold their ranch and returned permanently to St. Louis, Russell was brokenhearted. As evidenced by this portrait which he painted more than half a decade after the couple's paths diverged, Russell did not quickly forget Laura.