4 June 2017
Russel is an important American artist devoted to the West, Native Americans and cowboys. Born in St Louis just before the end of the Civil War, he dreamed of becoming a cowboy. He went west at the age of 16 and settled in Montana where he lived for the rest of his life. His art reflects how he saw the West and his total devotion to preserving images of a way of life now gone.
Russel died on 27 Oct 1926 and had an old-fashioned Montana funeral.