E. William Gollings (1878-1932)
The Red Man's Directions (1924)
oil on canvas
22 x 30 inches
signed and dated lower right
Label, WCCFA with restoration paperwork
According to art historian and biographer James Taylor Forrest, “Elling William (Bill) Gollings was an artist, a cowboy and a poet. He experienced the West at a time when there were still Cheyenne warriors, cattle drives, and cowboys chasing Longhorns across an open range. For years he was torn between his exciting cowboy life and his need to paint; he found harmony in combining the two.
“He was a true ‘Ranahan,’ which meant ‘top hand’ in cowboy lingo. A cowboy on horseback, he gentled tough range horses, and he sketched and painted as he herded or tended cattle.”
Wallace Campbell II, Galena, IL 1924
Hugh Campbell, Stowe, VT, by descent
[The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, Reno, NV 2016]
Private Collection, Surrey, England 2016
Surface condition is excellent. Painting has been lined. Specks of inpainting throughout sky. Specks of inpainting around cowboy and on his hat. Several specks of inpainting below horse.