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Driving Buffalo into Pound

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Driving Buffalo into Pound

Artist: Paul Kane (Canadian, 1810 - 1871)

Date: 1846
Medium: pencil on paper
Dimensions:
5 3/8 x 9 3/8 inches (13.7 x 23.8 cm)
Classification: Paper
Inscribed: 208. (reverse, in red ink); 88 PK/1922 (reverse); 147. (lower right, in pencil); Driving Buffalo into a Pound (lower right, in black ink)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.78.226
Accession Number: 1965.3.46
PS-Pencil Sketch: ps1
Catalogue Raisonne: IV 98
Label Text:"These pounds can only be made in the vicinity of forests, as they are composed of logs piled up roughly, five feet high, and enclose about two acres.... When we arrived at the pound we found a party there anxiously awaiting the arrival of the buffaloes which their companions were driving in.... Indians are...provided with buffalo robes, who, when the herd are once in the avenue, rise up and shake the robes, yelling and urging them on until they get into the enclosure , the spot usually selected for which is one with a tree in the centre. On this they hang offerings to propitiate the Great Spirit to direct the herd towards it." Kane, Wanderings, Chapter VIII
Provenance: Artist; by descent to his grandson, Paul Kane III [1889-1958], Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; purchased September 17, 1957 through (Edward Eberstadt & Sons, New York, New York) by 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:
  • Paul Kane: Intrepid Artist and Adventurer
Terms
  • Saskatchewan