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The Code of the West
  • John Steuart Curry
    born: Dunavant, Kansas, United States ; died: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
  • The Code of the West, 1923
  • published in The Country Gentleman, July 7, 1923
  • Where object was made: United States
  • oil, canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 50.8 x 101.6 cm
    Canvas/Support: 20 x 40 in
    Frame Dimensions: 23 3/4 x 43 3/4 x 1 1/2 in incl. stretcher
  • Gift of Mrs. Ben Hibbs in memory of her husband
  • Not on display
  • 1976.0020
Label Text

A man is riding a horse at the end of a cattle train facing towards rocky mountain range. The man is in the foreground and wearing a red, blue, and green plaid or flannel shirt, a white kerchief around his neck, and a cowboy hat. The mountains are in the background and are pastel in color, suggesting a sunrise or sunset.