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An original 1995 letter from Ginger K. Renner authenticating this as one of ten lifetime casts will accompany the lot.

According to author and Russell historian Rick Stewart, “In 1908 Russell participated in the roundup and transfer of a privately-owned buffalo herd to the Canadian government, and he took full advantage of this unique opportunity to observe the creatures at close range. During the roundup, which took place along the Pend d’Orielle River on the Flathead Indian reservation, the artist would have seen the animals going to water many times.”

Describing this bronze Nancy Russell wrote, “Before cows came into this country, the buffalo or bison covered the plains. This is a family; the buffalo, the cow and the calf, trailing as though going to water.”

Col. R. L. Harrison, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1940s
Private Collection, by descent

Arthur Hoeber, “The Painter of the West That Has Passed,” The World’s Work (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1911), page 2, example illustrated
Frederic G. Renner, Charles M. Russell: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture in the Amon Carter Museum (New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1984), page 67, example illustrated
Rick Stewart, Charles M. Russell Sculptor (Fort Worth, TX: Amon Carter Museum, 1994), pages 174-177, example illustrated

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