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: Gift of J. Shirley Austin, Class of 1924



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Publication History

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

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

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.

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.


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

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