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Cowboy Shielding Himself and Horse with Overcoat from Snake

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Cowboy Shielding Himself and Horse with Overcoat from Snake

Artist: William Herbert Dunton (American, 1878 - 1936)

Medium: pencil and watercolor on linen paper
Dimensions:
8 1/2 × 6 1/4 inches (21.6 × 15.9 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: (no signature)
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.21.311
Accession Number: 1965.2.141
Label Text:Dunton’s sketch replays the theme of the snake causing havoc for the cowboy and his horse. It also portrays clothing that signifies the cowboy. He wears the broad-brimmed hat with ample crown that provides shade. Leather chaps and cuffs protect his legs and wrists. In his hand, he holds a yellow slicker, used for raingear. A slicker would not be much help against a snake. He might have been placing the slicker behind the saddle, when he saw the snake and instinctively tried to use it to distract the reptile.
Provenance: purchased May 11, 1942 through (Joseph Sartor, Dallas, Texas) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; bequeathed September 2, 1965 to Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Cowboy Legends and Life