"Battle of the Big Hole, Magazine Cover"   Lot no. 3063

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By Rufus Zogbaum (1849 - 1925)

1895 (Estimated)
18.00 x 13.75"
Gouache on Paper Laid to Card
Signed and Dated 'R.F. Zogbaum/ 95' bottom right



Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization, New York, December 28, 1895, vol. XXXIX, no. 2036, (cover illustration). 

The present painting represents a battle fought August 9 and 10, 1877, between the United States troops and Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce Indians. The Big Hole Battlefield National Monument, which spans 200 acres, is in southwestern Montana, and was established in 1910. 

Accompanied by a copy of the original Harper's Weekly 

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A well-known painter and illustrator of Army and Navy life, Rufus Zogbaum did depictions of military exercises that were widely published in magazines in the late 19th Century.  His reputation for depicting cowboys preceded that of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, and he is credited with "setting the pattern for those who would follow" (RobertTaft).

He was the leading artist/correspondent of the Spanish American War.  Zogbaum was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and as a young man, studied at the Art Students League in New York from 1878 to 1879, and in 1880 at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and in Paris at the Academie Julian with Leon Bonnat.  In 1884, he traveled to Montana to gather data for paintings of military life on the frontier, and in this capacity.  He also worked as a correspondent for Harper's Weekly while traveling the Oklahoma Indian territory.

During his career as an artist Zogbaum exhibited at the Brooklyn Art Association, 1877, 1884;  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1879,1883; Boston Arts Club (1888, 1893, 1902); National Academy of Design(1889); Columbian Exposition, Chicago (1893 medal); and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The art of Rufus Zogbaum is included in the following public collections: State capitol, St. Paul, MN; Federal Building, Cleveland, OH; Woolworth Building, New York City; Naval War College, Newport.







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