“The period in this scene is 1848–1850,” explains artist Howard Terpning. “These free traders have left the large fur companies and are working on their own. They have entered the edge of a Crow camp with many trade goods to entice the inhabitants to exchange buffalo robes for gun
powder, lead, knives, axes, blankets, tobacco and the various other items displayed on the ground. They use a wagon to carry their goods, and perhaps for transportation because the man with the glengarry hat and a cane has an injured leg. (Wagons were used on the Santa Fe Trail as
early as 1821 so by the late 1840s they could be found in many out of the way places throughout the Plains.) Howard made the group small to give the scene a sense of intimacy. Of course, there is no telling how many people are surrounding the group pictured.”
This piece forms part of the Collector’s edition of “A Tribute to the Plains People”. The set includes an autographed and numbered book slip-cased in a rich olive bookcloth, inset with a stamped leather label and lined with acid-free paper. The book is paired with The Greenwich
Workshop Fine Art Edition of the award-winning “Traders Among the Crow”, and also includes a DVD of the new documentary,
Howard Terpning: Portrait of a Storyteller".
Available in the following editions
Signed by the artist
Giclée on canvas
Image size: 50" x 35"
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