Trail Boss

  • Harry Jackson, Trail Boss, 1958, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Olin Dows, 1983.90.220

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“The West inspires my life,” Harry Jackson said, and Trail Boss and Where the Trail Forks are two of his many bronzes of the subject. When Jackson was a child in Chicago, his mother worked as a waitress near the stockyards, where cowboys and cattle traders gathered and told tales of the Old West. He wanted to present cowboys as realistically as possible, and liked “taking something that [movies] have made saccharine and making it real again.” (Janet Wilson, ARTnews, December 1978; Time, May 30, 1960)

Title
Trail Boss
Artist
Date
1958
On View
Dimensions
16 7/8 x 3 1/4 x 19 in. (42.8 x 8.3 x 48.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Olin Dows

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Occupation – other – cowboy
Object Number
1983.90.220
Palette
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