Artist: Frank Mccarthy Title: On the Old North Trail Size: 73"w x 22"h. Edition: Hand Numbered, Limited Edition Artist Published from the artist's original work to 25 with COA.
Release Date: 11/2011 About the Art: In the long shadows of breaking daylight, a Blackfoot Indian raiding party rides with purpose and bears the markings of war in what is our largest-ever Frank McCarthy Fine Art Edition. At over 6 feet in length, this remarkable work of art from the Dean of Western Action will electrify any room in which it hangs.
The Blackfeet were enemies of the Crow and Sioux on the Great Plains and of the Shoshone in the mountains to their west and of the Cree to their north. Not only were they fierce in defense of their Canadian border homeland but their raiding parties ranged out along the Old North Trail from Alberta, Canada south to Mexico. Raiders of various tribes followed it, stealing horses and food from white settlers and other tribes.
Blackfoot war parties would ride hundreds of miles on these raids. They were hailed as heroes by their own tribe and vilified by their victims. The single greatest blow to Blackfoot power in the West came not from combat but from disease. In the mid-1800s, more than 6,000 Blackfoot natives died of smallpox from a single instance of exposure to an infected white person. This ended the Blackfoot raider dominance of the Great Plains.
On the Old North Trail is not only the largest Frank C. McCarthy we’ve ever produced, it is one of the most exclusive editions we’ve created of his work as well. This (73” x 22”) MuseumEdition™ masterpiece is available in an edition of only 25 copies. Be one of the lucky few to own this powerful and impressive work of art that portrays the dramatic days when the Blackfeet reigned supreme On the Old North Trail.
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