signed with the artist's initials CMR and the artist's skull device (lower left)
pen, ink and pencil on paper
6 3/4 by 4 3/4 inches
(17.1 by 12.1 cm)
Charles Marion Russell grew up in Missouri, but when he was a teenager he headed west to Montana to become a cowboy. After a few years in the 1880s working (or not working) as a cowboy, Russell turned his attention to illustrating and painting scenes of the west with realistic detail. Unlike his contemporary Frederic Remington, Russell stayed out west and settled in Montana.