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    Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902)
    Study of Bighorn Sheep and Antelope
    Oil on paper laid on board
    14-3/4 x 18-1/2 inches (37.5 x 47.0 cm)
    Signed three times, lower right to each image: ABierstadt

    The Library of Ernest Haycox;
    Frank Gruber, Author of Tales of Wells Fargo, acquired from the above, circa 1970;
    By descent to the present owner.

    This work is included in the Albert Bierstadt catalogue raisonné database by Melissa Webster Speidel.

    In a letter dated November 23, 2020 accompanying this lot, Melissa Webster Speidel writes:

    "Although Bierstadt is famous for his landscapes, he was an accomplished animal painter, and animals, both domestic and wild, regularly appear in his work. It was part of his artistic process to paint studies of the animals and dozens of these sketches exist. And it was not unusual for the artist to combine several sketches on the same piece of paper as he has in Study of Bighorn Sheep and Antelope. A study might then be incorporated into a finished oil.

    "A study similar to the upper right running bighorn sheep is Two Bighorn Sheep Running made while Bierstadt was visiting Estes Park in 1876-77, traveling with Lord Dunraven. These two studies are both similar to the bighorn sheep depicted in Scene in Estes Park, that Bierstadt did for Arthur Pendarves Vivian's book, Wanderings in the Western Land, published in 1877. The original oil painting for the illustration is unlocated.

    "It is interesting that the antelope Bierstadt sketches in his study are young calves. The artist often depicted young animals along with the adults. The calf lying down is similar to those depicted in Grazing Antelope. This painting, too, was the basis for an illustration. It appeared in Fitz Hugh Ludlow's, Heart of the Continent, 1879, as Antelopes.

    "Bierstadt was a very astute observer and recorder of animals. He carefully captures their coloration and anatomic details in his studies. Study of Bighorn Sheep and Antelope is a wonderful example of the artist's skill as an animal painter and [shows] his deep interest in the subject."

    More information about Albert Bierstadt, also known as Bierstadt, Albert, Albert Bierstadt.

    Condition Report*: Minor surface dirt and frame wear; a few scattered hairline abrasions with tiny losses; under UV light, there appears to be no inpaint.
    Framed Dimensions 15.5 X 20.5 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    December, 2020
    3rd Thursday
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