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An original 1906 Marlin Firearms poster and original and very rare Marlin catalog, both framed, will accompany the lot.

According to Richard C. Rattenbury, “Likely the first of Goodwin’s paintings commissioned for arms–industry marketing, this work earned the artist a paltry $100.00 from the Forbes Lithograph Company. The Marlin Firearms Company employed the image for both its 1906 catalog cover and advertising poster, following under the marketing slogan The Gun for the Man Who Knows. Clad in an unlikely pair of white–angora chaps, the cowboy–hunter stealthily surveys his quarry with his Marlin repeating rifle prominently displayed. ...”

PROVENANCE
Collection of Tim Melcher, Grove, OK
[The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Reno, NV 2009]
Private Collection

LITERATURE
Larry Len Peterson, Philip R. Goodwin: America’s Sporting & Wildlife Artist (Hayden, ID and Tucson, AZ: The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction and Settlers West Galleries, 2001), pp 23 and 53, illustrated print
Richard C. Rattenbury, The Art of American Arms Makers (Oklahoma City, OK: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 2004), p 61, illustrated

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