Kirkland Boudoir Card of Cowboy Jim "Kid" Willoughby, circa 1885. Noted photographer C.D. Kirkland captured this great outdoor image of the champion rider and roper from Cheyenne, Wyoming, atop his horse. Willoughby rode with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show from 1885 to 1890, and then performed as a silent movie actor until his death in 1916. Identified on the negative as "No. 18 'Jim Kid,'" this 7.75" x 4.75" albumin image is affixed to Kirkland's slightly larger Cheyenne photographer's mount. On verso, imprinted "Kirkland's Views of Cowboy Life" offers a list of images for sale. This has been pasted over with a period newspaper article about the Wild West Show in Paris, and a bet made by Parisians that they could produce a horse that Cody's cowboys could not saddle, bridle, and ride. Jim Kid proved them wrong. From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.

    Light age toning; small tear of photographer's mount at lower edge does not affect image. Fine.

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