Lot 208
  • 208

Frank C. McCarthy 1924-2002

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 USD
Sold
37,000 USD
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Description

  • Frank C. McCarthy
  • Charge of the Buffalo Soldiers
  • signed McCarthy CA ©, l.r.; also inscribed B-29 18x24 "Charge of the Buffalo Soldiers" all rights reserved © 1994 on the reverse
  • oil on canvas

Exhibited

Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Cowboy Artists of America: Twenty-Ninth Annual Exhibition, October-November 1994, illustrated in color on the cover

Literature

Arizona Highways, January 1995, illustrated in color on the cover                                                          

Catalogue Note

"In 1866, Congress authorized the creation of six all-black regiments, a number later reduced to four... Soon after their formation, the 9th and 10th [cavalries] were ordered west, where they comprised 20 percent of America's Indian-fighting cavalry and boasted the lowest desertion rate. The Buffalo Soldiers guarded stagecoaches and railroad crews, settled ranch feuds, strung telegraph wire, defended the U.S. border, and put down uprisings by hostile Indians... Ironically, the greatest respect they received came from their battlefield enemies, the Plains Indians, who dubbed them the "Buffalo Soldiers" because their curly black hair resembled the mane of an animal the tribes held in nearly sacred regard" (Leo Banks, "The Buffalo Soldiers," Arizona Highways, January 1995, p. 35-36).

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