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A first edition of Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage will accompany the lot.

As Cochrane and Pard Leaped Into Their Saddles, Cochrane Shot the Indian is recorded in the C. M. Russell Catalogue Raisonné as reference number CR.UNL.20.

Rick Stewart, author and Russell historian writes, “In August 1910, while at his summer cabin, Bull Head Lodge, on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Russell began work on a large commission to illustrate a book by a rather formidable woman named Carrie Adell Strahorn titled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage: A Woman's Unique Experience during Thirty Years of Path Finding and Pioneering from the Missouri to the Pacific and from Alaska to Mexico. The book eventually contained 350 illustrations, and eighty-five of them were provided by Russell: seventeen watercolors and sixty-eight pen and ink drawings.

“This is one of four illustrations by Russell that appeared in color in Strahorn’s book, published in New York and London in 1911. ‘Pard’ was author’s name for her husband, Robert Strahorn. Prior to his marriage he had served with General Crook in the Sioux War, and he was no stranger to conflict and adventure. The scene depicted here was one of many encounters experienced during his forays for the railroad, and Russell was well-suited to depict the kind of dramatic action that is described a number of times in Carrie Strahorn’s wide-ranging narrative. This watercolor illustration is skillfully composed, with the action in the middle ground bracketed by horses and riders on either side.”

The Artist
Carrie Adell Strahorn, Spokane WA, 1910
Fred Utter, Spokane, WA
Tom B. Jr. & Rosemary Medders, Wichita Falls, TX, 1982
Present Owner, by descent

Carrie Adell Strahorn, Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage (New York, NY: 1911), facing page 6, illustrated color halftone

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