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    DAVID MANUEL (American, b. 1940)
    The Recall, 1982
    Bronze with patina
    35-1/2 x 48 x 22 inches (90.2 x 121.9 x 55.9 cm)
    Ed. 4/12
    Signed, titled, dated, and numbered on base: Manuel The Recall ©1982 4/12

    Arguably the living artist best associated with the Oregon Trail is the bronze sculptor David Manuel, who has devoted his career to honoring the Native American culture, pioneer history, and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Born in 1940 in Walla Walla, Washington, Manuel at age nine won a national painting competition judged by Norman Rockwell. Over the next few decades, he transferred his realist style from painting to bronze casting, receiving in the 1980s and 1990s important commissions that solidified his reputation as a master craftsman: Wayne Enterprises awarded Manuel the title "Authorized Sculptor" for his three veristic portraits of John Wayne; the United States Marshals Bicentennial Committee selected him as "Official Sculptor" for a commemorative monument, which currently resides in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.; and the Oregon Trail Sesquicentennial Committee likewise honored him as "Official Sculptor." In 2003, Manuel and his family purchased and began renovating the resort property Hot Lake Springs near La Grande, Oregon, first developed in the 1860s by William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame. Today the site houses Manuel's foundry and museum with collections of Native American and military artifacts, which he employs as research for his sculptures.

    One of Manuel's most popular sculptures, The Recall comments on the nineteenth-century Indian Wars through the perspective of the U.S. Cavalry. In the center of this triad of figures on horseback, a sergeant raises high the Cavalry flag, with its telltale crossed-saber insignia, summoning his troops back to their posts. Behind him, a teenage boy wearing a Cavalry hat sounds the official recall with his bugle, while a volunteer cavalryman dressed in fringed leather leads the pack. Manuel dramatizes the military action through rearing horses and brandished pistols. A classical pyramidal composition, The Recall heroizes the U.S. Cavalry, whose first through tenth regiments played a major role in securing governmental control of the West.

    Condition Report*: Overall in excellent condition.
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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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