History: The Old West Lives Through Russell’s Brush

Reprinted from the January 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Russell’s first painting which started him on the road to fame.

The Old West Lives Through Russell’s Brush
By WM. Bleasdell Cameron, Meadow Lake, Sask.

‘On a bright May day in 1897 I walked into the lobby of Butte’s principal hotel – to find myself staring at some pictures on the walls, pictures which, in brilliance of coloring and execution, topped anything of the kind – touching the pioneer period – I had ever before seen. In vivid and revealing action, they were compositions illustrative of the fast-disappearing lawless West and the picturesque characters who made up its population – Indians, cowpokes, trappers, prospectors, traders, Chinese, gamblers and “bad” men generally.’

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