William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody

29| Frederick Stanton Perkins (American, 1832-1899)

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody

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Oil on board, 22" x 28"

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$4000 - $6000



William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody needs no introduction. The famed “Wild West” showman seems to have favored white horses as he most often is portrayed in photographs and paintings, notably by William Herbert Dunton and Rosa Bonheur, aboard white steeds. It is not known which mount is depicted here — Isham, Billy, Tucker, and McKinley were just some of the white horses he owned. One such story emphasizing his fondness for his depiction on white horses is that when his house in North Platte, Nebraska, caught fire and word was sent to him, he telegraphed back “Save Rosa Bonheur’s picture and the house may go to blazes.”

Buffalo Bill would have been a subject that especially interested Perkins, given Buffalo Bill’s connection to the American West and Native Americans. In his lifetime the artist-turned-archaeologist was especially known for his collection and study of Native American material. He procured items for the Smithsonian Institution, American Museum of Natural History, and the Wisconsin State Historical Society, among others.

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