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CHARLES MARION RUSSELL | LEWIS AND CLARK MEETING THE MANDANS (LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION)

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November 19, 04:22 PM GMT

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400,000 - 600,000 USD

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CHARLES MARION RUSSELL

1864 - 1926

LEWIS AND CLARK MEETING THE MANDANS (LEWIS AND CLARK EXPEDITION)


signed CM Russell and inscribed with the artist's skull device and dated 1897 (lower left )

oil en grisaille on board

18 ⅛ by 24 ¼ inches

(46 by 61.6 cm)

Painted in 1897.


This work is number CR.PC.30 in the online catalogue raisonné of the artist's work at www.russellraisonne.com.

Please note the following amendments to the printed catalogue. Please note the correct measurements for this work are: 18 1/8 by 24 1/4 inches (46 by 61.6 cm).

Frederic G. & Ginger K. Renner, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Kennedy Galleries, New York

Walter Reed Bimson, Phoenix, Arizona, 1955 (acquired from the above)

Valley National Bank of Arizona, Phoenix, Arizona

Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2004

"Striking Pictures of Frontier Life," Field and Stream, vol. 3, no. 4, July 1898, illustrated p. XIX

Western Field and Stream, vol. 2, no. 8, January 1898, halftone illustrated p. 216

Harold McCracken, The Charles M. Russell Book, Garden City, New York, 1957, p. 183, illustrated

John Taliaferro, Charles M. Russell: The Life and Legend of America’s Cowboy Artist, Norman, Oklahoma, 2003, p. 115

By the time Charles Marion Russell painted Lewis and Clark Meeting the Mandans (Lewis and Clark Expedition) in 1897, he was reaching the peak of his technical skill. The title of the work denotes the first American expedition across the western portion of the United States by Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Lieutenant William Clark. The Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804 and lasted through 1806, was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The excursion aimed to explore and map the newly acquired territory, as well as to find a route across the western part of the continent that would allow for American expansion prior to the British and Europeans. A secondary goal of the journey, economic in nature, was to establish trade with Native American tribes. In the present work, Russell portrays several members of the Mandan tribe, a powerful tribe of the Great Plains.