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Henry Farny (1847 – 1916)
Crow Warrior (1897)
gouache on paper
10.5 × 17 inches
25 × 31 × 2 inches (framed)
signed and dated lower right

VERSO
Label, Jim Fowler’s Period Gallery West, Scottsdale, Arizona

According to Susan Labry Meyn, author of Henry Farny Paints the Far West, “Plains Indian men aspired to be brave warriors. Traditionally, through daring deeds they earned honor and status in the constant struggle with other Indian nations for horses and hunting grounds – for, like any other group of diverse peoples, Indians competed, quarreled, and warred against each other. The Crow and the Sioux, for example, were bitter enemies.

“Recognition as a warrior was gained by being singularly valiant or skillful in battle, or by capturing or stealing horses from enemies. Horse-stealing allowed warriors to exercise skills of stealth, strategy, and horsemanship, and to acquire wealth and status at the enemy’s expense. A man kept track of his war exploits by illustrating them on a buffalo hide. When a man excelled as a warrior his tribespeople recognized him as a leader who embodied honorable character traits, such as generosity, respectfulness, truthfulness, and courage.”

PROVENANCE
Red McCombs Collection, San Antonio, Texas

LITERATURE
Jim Fowler’s Period Gallery West, 1979, p. 5, illustrated

200

Henry Farny

1847 – 1916

Crow Warrior (1897)
gouache on paper
10.5 × 17 inches
25 × 31 × 2 inches (framed)
signed and dated lower right
$100,000 – 150,000
Condition ReportAs viewed through glass. Paper appears to be in good condition.

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