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Restoring Art’s History – End of the Trail’s Lasting Legacy

After premiering at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, James Earle Fraser’s End of the Trail became an iconic image representing one of the many tales of the American West. This led to a demand from Westerners and art enthusiasts alike for a scaled down bronze replica of Fraser’s monumental work. Smaller versions of the sculpture were used as casts for the bronzes, but these were only temporary and likely destroyed after use. In this video, objects curator Ann Boulton tells us about restoring a maquette of End of the Trail and what it’s like preserving the work’s lasting legacy.

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