The Roundup

Original: 1913, Oil on Canvas

Commissioned by Malcolm Mackay in 1912, this painting depicts the open-range round-ups held twice a year in the late 1800s.  The spring round-up resulted in the cattle being taken to summer pasture, and the fall would see the cattle ready for market driven to railheads and shipped.  Calves born since the last round-up were also branded during these hallmarks of the open-range cattle industry.

After receiving the work in 1913, Malcolm returned it to Russell with the request to add Mackay’s Lazy EL brand to the red cow in the herd.  A letter from Nancy confirms the addition and the return of the painting to Mackay’s family home in New Jersey.

Dimensions: 35 x 19 inches

Material: Printed on paper