Rocky Mountain Horse Guard (Original art)

Silverpoint  drawing on prepared 11 x 14 inch paper: 750.00

This drawing is a study sketch in silverpoint on a rough surface that breaks into interesting patterns throughout the drawing. The special ground is tinted a warm, pale gold. Silver point ages to a deep warm brown with time and exposure to air. For more information see the “Metalpoint” page on this site.

The picture portrays a member of a trapping party  who was always prepared to guard camp while other men went on the more glorious quest for beaver. Called “camp keepers”, these  men  stood guard over every vital piece of gear,  extra horses, and stacks of hard-won pelts. Only these men and their fearlessness prevented almost certain and devastating loss. The term “keeper” reflects an earlier meaning of the word that might be rendered “guard” today.