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The Cattle Buyer

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The Cattle Buyer

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

Date: c. 1921
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
50 × 60 inches (127 × 152.4 cm)
Frame: 57 1/4 × 67 1/4 × 3 1/2 inches (145.4 × 170.8 × 8.9 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Signed: Dunton (lower left)
Credit Line: Bequest of Nelda C. Stark, 1999
Object number: 31.21.402
Accession Number: 2005.3.24
Loan Number: 9984.1.5
Previous Number: 1985.1.5
NCS list: 16/11
Label Text:An old timer, Zenas A. Curtis, inspired this elegiac painting. As he and Dunton reminisced about the old west, the cattleman’s silhouette against the foothills in fading light gave the artist an idea for a painting. Dunton said, “The west has passed—more’s the pity. In another twenty-five years the old-time westerner will have gone too—gone with the buffalo and the antelope. I’m going to hand down to posterity a bit of unadulterated real thing, if it’s the last thing I do—and I’m going to do it, muy pronto.”
Provenance: Purchased October 17, 1939 though (Joseph Sartor Galleries, Dallas) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; by inheritance to his wife Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; bequeathed December 13, 1999 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art
Exhibitions:
  • Branding the American West: Paintings and Films 1900-1950
  • The Art and Life of W. Herbert Dunton
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