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Bulldogging

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Bulldogging

Artist: Mary Anita Bonner (American, 1887 - 1935)

Date: 1924
Medium: etching on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 9 9/16 × 12 1/2 inches (24.3 × 31.8 cm)
Frame: 17 3/4 × 22 × 1 inches (45.1 × 55.9 × 2.5 cm)
Image: 6 11/16 × 10 7/16 inches (17 × 26.5 cm)
Classification: Prints
Signed: Mary Bonner '24 (lower right)
Markings: monogram (lower left);
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.87.3
Accession Number: 1965.3.61.
Label Text:In this etching, Bonner portrayed the cowboy roping the steer. Then he wrestles him to the ground by his horns. Roping was a skill used by the working cowboy. It evolved into rodeo events of calf roping and team roping. Bonner’s combining of roping and wrestling under the title Bulldogging indicates that she found inspiration in rodeo events. After studying in Paris, she also exhibited her work. She brought the cowboy again to Europe.
Provenance: 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
Exhibitions:
  • Cowboy Legends and Life