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Andy Thomas, oil on canvas

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Western Americana Start Price:5,000.00 USD Estimated At:45,000.00 - 55,000.00 USD
Andy Thomas, oil on canvas
30,000.00USD+ buyer's premium + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2017 Mar 18 @ 13:15UTC-6 : CST/MDT
Andy Thomas (1957 - ). The Battle of Beecher Island. 30" x 40" oil on canvas. Signed lower right. This painting depicts a battle which took place in September, 1868 in Northeastern Colorado, between a special U.S. Army fighting force of approximately 50 frontiersmen and warriors of the Cheyenne, Sioux and Arapaho tribes, numbering 300-400. When Major Forsyth (1834-1906), (best known as Commander of the 7th Cavalry at the Wounded Knee massacre) Commander of the frontiersmen, saw the size of the Indian force, he ordered his men to dig in on an island in the in the mostly dry Arikaree River. By hiding behind their dead horses and mules and digging pits in the sand banks, they withstood repeated headlong charges for several days. This scene depicts an afternoon charge from the East on the first day of the battle. The famous and prominent Northern Cheyenne warrior, “Roman Nose”, (c. 1823-1868) also known as “Hook Nose” led the charge and was subsequently killed.
The battle is named for Lt. Frederick Beecher, who was also killed on site, but the Indians remember it as “The Fight When Roman Nose Was Killed”.