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William S. Hart / Constance Whitney Warren

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Actor William S. Hart was the first silent-movie cowboy and a model for sculpture. The large version of this work titled The Cowboy won an Honorable Mention in the Paris Salon of 1923 before donation to the Texas State Capitol. A modified version, Tribute to Range Riders, stands in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The dark patina on this piece, called “Valsuani Noir”, was created by employing a torch. Notice the raised edges around Warren’s signature on the base. Writing directly into the soft wax model, she displaced the wax and pushed it into ridges around the letters. The sculpture appears to be cast in one piece including the base.

From the exhibition:Frontier to Foundry: the Making of Small Bronze Sculpture in the Gilcrease Collection, December 2014 - March 2015.
Ann Boulton Young, Associate Conservator for the Gilcrease Museum, 2014.

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Title(s): 
William S. Hart; Cowboy #2
Creator(s): 
Constance Whitney Warren;
Valsuani Foundry
Culture: 
American
Date: 
modeled 1921; lost-wax cast between 1921 and 1943
Materials/Techniques: 
lost-wax cast in bronze
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 1/2 x 21 x 6 3/4 in. (47 x 53.3 x 17.1 cm)
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
0877.100
Department: 
Signed, "C.W. Warren 3"; After the signature and on the horse's flank are the artist's initials CWW fashioned into a brand "CW" with two bars below; Inscribed with copyright symbol on the bronze .
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