DescriptionWILLIAM GOLLINGS (American 1878-1932)
Firing From the Treeline, 1912
Oil on canvas
24in. x 36in.
Signed and dated lower right
Celebrated for his paintings of Old West scenes, William Gollings was born in an Idaho mining camp and worked on ranches as a young man. His drawings of these experiences earned Gollings a scholarship to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where he was formally trained as a painter. He established a studio in Sheridan, Wyoming, where he painted his hallmark western scenes while also continuing to work as a part-time ranch hand.
This masterpiece - the largest and best ever offered publicly - was particularly prized by its first owner and noted Texas author, historian, and collector James Thomas DeShields, who's great novel Border Wars of Texas recounted many Indian engagements. DeShields acquired the painting - completed in 1912, the same year DeShields' novel was published - directly from the artist. The theme of the painting would have appealed to DeShields' sense of Texas lore: cowboys in the shoot-out of their lives with Indians on the western plains, arrows flying through the air, the cowboys returning fire with their six-shooters and Winchesters. The painting was featured in a 1930 article on the famous author and must have told, in great visual detail, the story he wrote.
This painting is in the original frame, which has been regilded. It is signed and also features Gollings' distinct signature pony-track symbol.
Provenance: Acquired from the artist by James Thomas DeShields[1861-1948], Dallas, TX
by descent to his daughter, Melba Adelaide DeShields Warner
Estate of Melba Adelaide DeShields Warner
acquired through Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX, by Robert L. Parsons Fine Art, Taos, NM
acquired from the above by the present owner
Exhibited: Thomas Nygard, Bozeman, MT (label on reverse)
Published: Ann Bradshaw, "Panorama of Texas History in a Unique Dallas Art Collection", The Times-Herald, May 11, 1930.
Excellent overall condition; paint surface intact; relined, stable adhesion; light stretcher bar indentations; varnish coating.
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