Cowboy Bargaining for an Indian Girl

Charles Marion Russell, American, 1864 - 1926



Oil on canvas

Overall: 19 1/8 × 28 1/4 in. (48.6 × 71.7 cm)

Frame: 27 × 36 in. (68.6 × 91.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of J. Shirley Austin, Class of 1924



North America, United States


19th century

Object Name




On view


Signed and dated, lower left: C. M. Russell / (calf's head) / 1895

Course History

HIST 6, NAS 30, History of the American West, Ben Madley, Winter 2012

Exhibition History

This Land: American Engagement with the Natural World, Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 5–July 22, 2022.

Introduction to the History of Art II, 1500 to present, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, ArtH2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 24-March 14, 2004.

Images of the West: Selections from the Permanent Collection, MALS 190, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 15-August 28, 1994.

Director's Choice, Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center Art Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 10-July 10, 1966.

Charles M. Russell: The Masterworks in Oil and Bronze, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, October 17, 2009-January 10, 2010; The Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, February 6, -May 2, 2010; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, June 6-August 29, 2010.

Art of the American West, Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, Connecticut, January 15 June 15, 2002.

A Space for Dialogue 31, Myth of the Noble Savage, Meghan Rice, Class of 2006, Special Projects Intern, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 3-May 21, 2006.

Publication History

Peter H. Hassrick, Remington, Russell, and the Language of Western Art, Washington, D.C.: Trust for Museum Exhibitions, 2000, ill, p. 97, number 66.

John Taliaferro, Charles M. Russell, Boston: Little, Brown, 1996.

Joan Carpenter Troccoli, editor, The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell; A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009, ill. p. 73.

Heather Fryer, ed., Cowboys and Indians, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts: MacMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 2002, 113 pp., Fig. 12, B&W ill. p. 37.


Sold to J. Shirley Austin, Ligonier, Pennsylvania, 1932; given to present collection, 1961.

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