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SIGNED AND DATED (MAKER'S MARKS)
signed N.C. Wyeth, u.r.; also inscribed Return of the Fur Hunter on the reverse
27 by 25 in. (68.6 by 63.5 cm)
oil on panel
Douglas Allen and Douglas Allen, Jr., N.C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustations and Murals, New York, 1972, p. 291
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A MIDWEST UNIVERSITY
The following group of paintings by N.C. Wyeth (lots 159-163), painted in 1940, comprised the Romance of Commerce series, which was commissioned by John Morrell & Company and printed in 1941. The 12 images were used for Morrell's calendar, with each image illustrating a particular month. The Story of Furs illustrated the month of January, accompanied by the following text by John Kieran, "The first crude covering of the prehistoric cave man was the pelt of some slaughtered animal. .. . Doubtless there was early fur trading among all nations and tribes, but the industry did not reach its peak until the discovery of America, a land teeming with bear, wolf, fox, beaver and other fur-bearing animals... . Canada and the United States owe much of their early development to the hardy hunters and trappers who made their living in the fur trade, and some of the great fortunes of modern times were founded on a thriving fur trade with the Indians."
This painting is included in the N.C. Wyeth catalogue raisonné database that is being compiled by the Brandywine River Museum and Conservancy, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
New York, NY, US