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CHARLES MARION RUSSELL 1864-1926


CHARLES M. RUSSELL was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1864. When Charlie was 15, he traveled to Montana and ,beCame a parT of the West. During the first winter, Charlie lIved with an old-tlme trapper named Jake Hoover. He learned , about the land, animals, hunting, trapping, and the Indians.

Charlie Russell was a man who loved everyone. He felt close to nature and had a great fondness for animals. Charlie would often work a piece of wax into a model of an animal, just to entertain the children who gathered around him.

His paintings show the West exactly as it was. He once lived with the Indians, so he painted them just as he knew they looked and dressed. He knew the wilderness, and pictured every detail correctly. His paintings are a lesson in history, because they show us what it was like in the days of the old West.

Charlie was much more than an artist. He was also a great storyteller. He would amuse his many friends with exciting tales of the land, animals, and the Indians. Charlie once said, "I have always been what is called a good mixer--I had


friends when I had nothing else." Many of his illustrations are in books so we can enjoy them just as we enjoy his paintings. "Back-Trailing On The Old Frontiers" was one of his best known publications.

He worked as a sheepherder and as a cowboy. He was a night wrangler and knew about the way cowboys lived and worked. But during the cowboy years, he always painted and sketched, too. His art was his deepest love.

Charlie Russell was a painter who painted what he wished, and still made a living at it. He worked in several forms. His major work was in oils, but his water colors and pen-and-ink sketches and bronzes are highly prized. Much of his pen-and-ink work was done as an illustrator of books and magazines. The ten prints in this edition were carefully selected to represent the best of his historical drawings. Numbering in the thousands, Russell's works are a legacy of the West and a permanent record of a colorful era in our history.

But Charlie Russell left us much more than his paintings and sculpture. He left us an example of how to live in friendship with nature and mankind.
   

Hand-proofed from the original engravings published as "Back-Trailing On The Old Frontiers" in 1922 by the Cheely-Raban Syndicate, Great Falls, Montana.

This is to certify that the prints from these engravings are published in a limited edition of 750 by The Old Utica Publishing Company.

TITLES IN THIS EDITION


ANNIHILATION OF FETTERMAN'S COMMAND
THE W AGON-BOX FIGHT
PLACER MINERS PROSPECTING NEW STRIKE
LA VERENDRYES DISCOVER THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
BUFFALO HOLDING UP STEAMBOAT ON THE UPPER MISSOURI RIVER
RUSTLERS CAUGHT AT WORK
CHEYENNES WATCHING UNION PACIFIC TRACK LAYERS
BATTLE BETWEEN CROWS AND BLACKFEET
CARSON DEFEATS FRENCH BULLY IN HORSEBACK DUEL
WORK ON THE ROUNDUP

 

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