John Mulvany: An Important 1882 Oil Painting, "Scouts of the Yellowstone." John Mulvany (1844-1906) is of course best known for his monumental painting "Custer's Last Rally." Few of his other works have survived, but we are pleased to offer a fine example with good Western subject matter.

    Other than his Little Bighorn masterpiece, Mulvany's work is not well documented. Fortunately, a respected scholar of Western artists, Dr. Robert Taft, stumbled across an 1882 newspaper description of the present example, which he discusses in his reference work Artists and Illustrators of the Old West (Bonanza Books by arrangement with Charles Scribner's Sons, NY, 1953), a copy of which is included as part of this lot.

    "Custer's Last Rally" had received a much ballyhooed exhibition in Chicago in the summer of 1882, widely covered by the press. "One of the newspaper accounts of 1882", Dr. Taft writes, "mentions another Western painting which should find its way into our record. Mulvany rented a studio in Chicago and had on display their other pictures in addition to the 'Last Rally'. One was called 'Scouts of the Yellowstone'. The painting depicted in the foreground two kneeling figures, rifles in hand, with another scout in the background holding three horses. The figures were set on a hilly landscape with a river in the distance, the highest land represented in the picture just catching the reflection of the sun. The foreground figures were said to be the same as two of the soldiers portrayed in 'Custer's Last Rally'. "(p. 140)

    "Scouts of the Yellowstone" is a fine, evocative painting with beautiful, subtle color tones. Perhaps best of all, at 30" x 25", it is large enough to have considerable display presence, yet much easier to find a place for than Mulvany's 20' x 11' Custer painting!

    In excellent condition, still on the original stretcher and elegantly custom-framed. Also included, in addition to the Taft book, is a most rare autographed carte de visite photo of Mulvany by Alexander Gardiner.

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