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“Go in an’ Cut That Rope,” Said Therise, “or I’ll Finish You.”

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“Go in an’ Cut That Rope,” Said Therise, “or I’ll Finish You.”

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

Date: 1920
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
28 5/8 x 20 3/4 inches (72.7 x 52.7 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Bequest of H.J. Lutcher Stark, 1965
Object number: 31.21.199
Accession Number: 1965.2.32
Label Text:Dunton has painted an atypical gunfight in cowboy culture. A woman shoots at a cluster of cowboys. Close observation shows that she has shot at the first cowboy’s wrist. She makes a warning shot, not a fatal one. The story reveals the reason. Therise, the rancher’s daughter, is stopping the wrangler from mistreating the horse. Thus, the female rancher is taming the violence of the cowboy. She is not above using firepower to do so. This work illustrated the story “Red Dapple” by Vingie E. Roe, a woman who wrote books about the West.
Provenance: Purchased 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:
  • The Art and Life of W. Herbert Dunton
  • Cowboy Legends and Life
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