Matted and glazed within a decorated gilt frame. Neatly repaired tear.
This graphic image of a buffalo hunt, probably near Fort Ellice, Manitoba, in western Canada, was painted by an English nobleman visiting the West on an exotic sporting adventure. A hunter, carrying a buffalo rifle, has dismounted from a horse to inspect a fallen bull, while behind him three mounted hunters pursue more buffalo, cut from a large herd seen grazing on the horizon, with a mountain range as a backdrop. Close attention is paid to the rather formal attire of the hunters, who sport buckskin jackets, stiff white shirts, and broad-brimmed hats. The buffalo and horses are drawn quite well, with their power and speed clearly delineated.
Kennedy Galleries attributed this painting to "Lord Alfred Dunsmore" [sic], but it was actually executed by the Honourable Alfred Murray, who used the courtesy title Lord Alfred Dunmore. He was the younger brother of the 7th Earl of Dunmore, and first visited Canada with his future brother-in-law of James Carnegie, the ninth Earl of Southesk (1827-1905). "In 1859 Southesk undertook in search of health a prolonged hunting expedition in Western Canada. He traversed some of the wildest and least known parts of the Rockies about the sources of the rivers Athabasca and Saskatchewan. He returned home in 1860" (DNB), marrying Dunmore's sister Lady Susan Murray on 29 November 1860.
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