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Rungius completed this painting for John H. Batten, a close friend.

According to Jon Whyte & E. J. Hart, “The painting of Rungius’ maturity employed all the lessons and elements that he had learned during his earlier career. Almost entirely of animal subjects, they integrated fully the combination of subject, landscape and atmosphere that led to his reputation as the continent’s foremost big game artist.”

PROVENANCE
The Artist
John H. Batten, Racine, WI
Present owner, by descent

LITERATURE
Jon Whyte & E. J. Hart, Carl Rungius, Painter of the Western Wilderness (Vancouver, BC: The Glenbow-Alberta Institute in assocation with Douglas & McIntyre, 1985), pages 154-155, illustrated
Donald E. Crouch, Carl Rungius: The Complete Prints (Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing, 1989), page 42, illustrated halftone

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