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Heres Hoping the Worst End of Your Trail Is behind You

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Heres Hoping the Worst End of Your Trail Is behind You

Artist: Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864 - 1926)

Correspondent: Nancy Cooper Russell (American, 1878 - 1940)

Recipient: John Young-Hunter (Scottish, 1874 - 1955)

Date: 1926
Medium: printed, hand-colored with watercolor on paperboard
8 1/8 × 11 1/8 inches (20.6 × 28.3 cm)
Classification: Documentary Artifacts
Markings: CM Russell / 1926 [Skull] (lower left, printed)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 11.106.30.A
Previous Number: 11.106.30
Accession Number: 1965.1.390
Label Text:This was Charles Russell’s final Christmas card. He prepared this message to send to his friends at the holiday season. He did not, however, live to send it out. He wrote the hope that “sickness nor sorrow don’t find you” as he struggled with a terminal diagnosis. On October 24, 1926, Russell died of congestive heart failure. His widow Nancy Russell sent the card with a small printed note mentioning the many messages of sympathy sent to her and their son Jack.

Many people have sorrows at the usually joyful holiday time; what are some of the ways to cope?

Provenance: Nancy Russell; gifted 1926 to John and Mary Young-Hunter; gifted November 18, 1959 to H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
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