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.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes, Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is in beautiful state. The board is flat and the paint layer is stable. There is a discolored non-original varnish on the surface. There is a small vertical scratch which has been retouched to the immediate left of the seated figure in the foreground. There are a few other very minor lines of retouches in the sky and in the foreground. There are some scuffs to the paint layer around the extreme edges, and the upper left corner is very slightly broken.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
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
Great Falls, Montana, C.M. Russell Gallery, Centennial Year, 1864-1964, April 1964, no. 227, illustrated n.p.
Tucson, Arizona, Tucson Art Center, Arts Collected By Banks in Arizona, October 1966, n.p.
Tucson, Arizona, University of Arizona Museum of Art, The West and Walter Bimson: Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings and Sculpture, 1971, pp. 168, 221, illustrated p. 144
Tucson, Arizona, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona Collects the West, October-December 1983, n.p.
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.