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The original calendar will accompany the lot.

According to Goodwin historian Larry Len Peterson, “In the late nineteenth century log rolling became popular as a sport among fellow loggers. Often, rival lumber companies would hold contests to see who was the most skilled. Goodwin greatly admired loggers who toiled at one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Many of his works like Men of Mettle featured them at work on the rivers managing the timber as it floated downstream.

“Goodwin’s finest painting of this subject is Log Rollers which features a group of loggers enjoying a contest where the loser ends up drenched and humiliated. A casual entertainment in the past has today turned into professional log rolling contests held around the world.”

Calendar (Boston, MA: Arthur L. Potter Co., 1924), illustrated
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), page 326, illustrated print

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