CHARLES MARION RUSSELL
1864 - 1926
UNCLE JIMMY OWENS
signed CM Russell, inscribed with the artist's skull device and dated 1905 (lower left)
watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper
17 by 12 ½ inches
(43.2 by 31.8 cm)
Executed in 1905.
This work is number CR.PC.329 in the online catalogue raisonné of the artist's work at www.russellraisonne.com.
The sheet is affixed to the support at two places on the reverse of top edge and there tape remnants from a previous mountain on the reverse. The sheet appears to be lightly toned and there are a few scattered surface scuffs.
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Walter Reed Bimson, Phoenix, Arizona
Valley National Bank of Arizona
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2004
Tuscon, Arizona, Tucson Art Center, The West and Walter Bimson, 1971, illustrated p. 142
Phoenix, Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum; Palm Springs, California, Palm Springs Desert Museum, The Popular West: American Illustrators 1900-1940, April-November 1982, no. 1
According to Charles Marion Russell scholar Fred Renner, the present work was one of several illustrations Russell executed to accompany "Uncle Jim's Yarn: The Indian Story," part one of Stewart E. White's "Arizona Nights," a series of stories published in the January 1906 issue of McClure's Magazine. Russell drew inspiration for Uncle Jimmy Owens from the following passage: "A hawk-faced old man with a long white beard and long white hair rode out from the cottonwoods. He had on a battered broad hat abnormally high of crown, carried across his saddle a heavy 'eight square' rifle, and was followed by a half-dozen lolloping hounds." Ultimately, the publisher never used Uncle Jimmy Owens and it was not reproduced until after Russell's death.