WHY DID WE ACQUIRE IT?
Dunton was an influential artist depicting vaqueros fairly often, even before he visited Mexico in person. He painted in northern Mexico in 1909 and on Phoebe Apperson Hearst’s Babicora Ranch in Chihuahua in 1910. His vaqueros appeared on the covers of The Cavalier magazine in March 1909, The Popular Magazine in March 1911, and in Collier’s Magazine in May 1911. This painting appeared in color in Scribner’s Magazine with F. Warner Robinson’s “The New Cattle Country” in February 1912 and was part of a series of vaquero paintings reproduced with the article. He went on to found the Taos Society of Artists which helped create the foundation for the Taos art community with Oscar Berninghaus, Elmer Blumenschein, E. I. Couse, Bert G. Phillips, Joseph Henry Sharp. That community is still thriving today.
And check out those bears. Vaqueros and cowboys regularly roped apex predators like grizzlies as it was a more effective way to kill them. Firearms often simply wounded grizzlies and made them even more dangerous. Charles M. Russell even titled one of his grizzly roping scenes “Loops and Swift Horses Are Surer than Lead.”