Like most cowboys, Russell had a lively and sometimes obstreperous sense of humor. This was most obviously revealed in the "tall tales" that were told around the campfire, like those of Pecos Bill that many of us recall from our childhood. This scene is probably the visual version of a Russell tall tale, as most preachers were at least nominally respected by even the "woolliest" cowboy. However, Russell was also making a barbed comment on the venality he perceived in many practitioners of organized religion. As his cowboy thief declares: If coin is the root of all evil Your reverence is going...
Created by: Russell, Charles M.
Charles Cromwell Ingham (1797-1863) was born in Dublin, Ireland and trained there as an artist before immigrating to the United States in 1817. While still young, he gained a following as a leading portrait painter, specializing in young women of the upper class, like the young lady depicted in "The Flower Girl", one of several paintings he did by that title. In the period from 1826 to 1845, Ingham produced more than 200 portraits of the New York gentry. One of the founders of the National Academy of Design, he also served for years as its vice-president until his death...
Created by: Ingham, C.C.
Little is known of Roesen's early life; he was born in Germany and may have received training as a porcelain and enamel painter. A work bearing his name was exhibited in Cologne, Germany in 1847 and we know that the same artist exhibited two works the next year in New York City. His extravagant and highly detailed compositions were a fresh expression of the country's essential optimism and growing wealth. His arrangements tended to be born of imagination as well as observation; while individual blossoms are accurately depicted, he groups together flowers and fruits that peak at different times of year. This allows him to create fantasy bouquets...
Created by: Roesen, Severin