Darvill's Rare Prints, fine antique prints and rare maps since 1918! Darvill's Rare Prints, fine antique prints and rare maps since 1918!
Antique prints from Darvill's since 1918 Rare Maps and Charts Limited edition prints from Alaska's most famous artist Rie Munoz Darvill's Rare Prints homepage About Darvill's Rare Prints
Sorry, we do not perform appraisals and we do not buy from unsolicited sources.
The condition of the prints is generally excellent.
Keep in mind, however, that they are over 75 years old and
though they have been stored flat and in a dark, climate-controlled environment, some may have minor corner or edge wear or browning to the extreme edges of the paper. We will always indicate any flaws that might be deemed obtrusive.
Brown & Bigelow (St. Paul, Minnesota) prints from before 1930.
[scroll down for prints from The Moscrip Picture Co. (Great Falls, Montana) from the same time period.]

The Signal Fire
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THE SIGNAL FIRE

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$25

Sun Worshippers
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SUN WORSHIPPERS

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$25

Planning the Attack
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PLANNING THE ATTACK

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$25

THE WAGON BOSS
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THE WAGON BOSS

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$25

STAMPEDED
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STAMPEDED

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$35

WHEN IGNORANCE IS BLISS
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WHEN IGNORANCE IS BLISS

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$35

A DISPUTED TRAIL
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A DISPUTED TRAIL

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930. NOTE: There is a small dark dot to the left of bear's head which occurred during printing which may distract some viewers.


$50

BUCKING BRONCO
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BUCKING BRONCO

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$55

IN WITHOUT KNOCKING
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IN WITHOUT KNOCKING

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 9.75 x 13.75 inches

Brown & Bigelow full-colour letterpress print from prior to 1930.


$45

BURBANK PORTRAIT OF CHARLIE RUSSELL
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THE COWBOY ARTIST
CHARLES M. RUSSELL


Sheet size approx. 10½ x 12¼ inches

A 1939 print from the original pencil drawing of Charles M. Russell by the famous Western artist E.A. Burbank. This portrait was commissioned and published by the founder of our business when Darvill's Rare Print Shop was in San Francisco in the late 1930s. Only available here.


$25

The Moscrip Picture Company (Great Falls, Montana)
prints from before 1930.
[scroll up for prints from Brown & Bigelow of St. Paul, Minnestota
from the same time period.]

The Signal Fire
(click thumbnail for enlargement)

THE SIGNAL FIRE

Sheet size approx. 11.25 x 14.25 inches
Image size approx. 11 x 14 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$30

SUN WORSHIPPERS
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SUN WORSHIPPERS

Sheet size approx. 16.5 x 11.25 inches
Image size approx. 16 x 11 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$30

PLANNING THE ATTACK
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PLANNING THE ATTACK

Sheet size approx. 14.25 x 10.25 inches
Image size approx. 14 x 10 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$30

THE WAGON BOSS
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THE WAGON BOSS

Sheet size approx. 16.5 x 10.75 inches
Image size approx. 16 x 10.25 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$30

THE BUFFALO HUNT
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THE BUFFALO HUNT

Sheet size approx. 11.25 x 7.75 inches
Image size approx. 10.75 x 7.5 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$35

IN THE WAKE OF THE BUFFALO RUNNERS
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IN THE WAKE OF THE BUFFALO RUNNERS

Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 7.75 inches
Image size approx. 10 x 7.25 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$35

THE QUEEN'S WAR HOUNDS
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THE QUEEN'S WAR HOUNDS

Sheet size approx. 14.5 x 9.75 inches
Image size approx. 14 x 9.25 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$40

TROUBLE HUNTERS
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TROUBLE HUNTERS

Sheet size approx. 13.25 x 18.25 inches
Image size approx. 12.75 x 17.75 inches

The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana print from prior to 1930.


$65

BURBANK PORTRAIT OF CHARLIE RUSSELL
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THE COWBOY ARTIST
CHARLES M. RUSSELL


Sheet size approx. 10.5 x 12.25 inches

A 1939 print from the original pencil drawing of Charles M. Russell by the famous Western artist E.A. Burbank. This portrait was commissioned and published by the founder of our business when Darvill's Rare Print Shop was in San Francisco in the late 1930s. Only available here.


$25

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Background: Fred T. Darvill, an Englishman who emigrated to the United States in the late 1800s, was a great fan of the American Wild West. So much so that he amassed a huge collection of original paintings and drawings from Western art legends like Charles Russell, E.A. Burbank, and Jerome Howard Smith. He also wanted to have prints of Western scenes available for sale in the rare print shop so he contacted printers and publishers in the 1910s and 1920s and purchased large quantities of Russell prints. It is these prints—directly from the printing houses in the early 20th century—that are offered here.

When Darvill's Rare Print Shop was in San Francisco in the 1920s and 1930s, Mr. Darvill became good friends (and valued collector) to Russell, Burbank and Smith. He had hoped to live to see a museum established to honor the great Western artists. Sadly, as he approached his 90th birthday, there was still no such museum to pass on his impressive collection of Western art. Thus, in 1972 at the age of 91, he reluctantly sold his entire collection of genuine oil paintings and drawings by Russell, Burbank, and Smith.

Mr. Darvill died at the age of 95 in 1976, but his love of Western art lives on through the prints he commissioned and published. Many of these prints are only to be found here at Darvill's.

Our founder, Fred T. Darvill, with a small portion of his massive Rare Western painting collection

E.A. Burbank portrait of Charles M. Russell

(Portrait of Charles M. Russell by another famous Western artist, E.A. Burbank. This portrait was commissioned by our founder, Fred T. Darvill, and published in San Francisco in 1939. To this day it is only available here at Darvill's Rare Prints.)

Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926) was many things: consummate Westerner, historian, advocate of the Northern Plains Indians, cowboy, outdoorsman, writer, philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist, and not least, artist. Born in St. Louis, Russell dreamed of being a cowboy, living the exciting life of men on the range. Russell came to the Judith Basin of Montana in 1880 a few days after his 16th birthday. Working briefly tending sheep, he realized that his dreams of the West were not to be fulfilled in this manner. He soon teamed up with a local hunter, Jake Hoover, with whom he spent two years sharing a cabin on the South Fork of the Judith River. Shortly thereafter, Russell became a night wrangler for the Judith Basin Roundup.

This was exactly what Russell the child had dreamed of, and what Russell the adult wanted and needed. It gave him time to observe the cowboys at work during the day, and to sketch and document all the activities and excitement of the cow camp. He continued to work as a cowboy and wrangler for 11 years before retiring to become a full-time artist.

Russell greatly admired the American Indians, especially those of the Northern Plains. He spent the summer of 1888 visiting often with the Blood Indians in Alberta, Canada. This experience affected him for the rest of his life, and can be seen in the many detailed works he created of Plains Indians.

Charlie married Nancy Cooper in 1896. He painted and sculpted in his log studio adjacent to their home, filling it with his collection of Indian clothing, utilitarian objects, weapons, cowboy gear, "horse jewelry," and other western "props" useful in accurately depicting the scenes of the Old West of which he was so fond. It was here that Russell completed all of his major paintings after the studio's construction in 1903. In 1916, Charlie and Nancy adopted their son, Jack.

While Jake Hoover may have kept Charlie Russell here as a young adult, it was Charlie's love of Montana that kept him here for 46 years. The life he observed and participated in greatly influenced his art and personal philosophy. He painted in a time when there was considerable interest in the West. Charlie's works were popular because of their narrative subject matter, unique style, and dynamic action. In addition, he had the ability to accurately depict specific times or events in western history. Russell died on October 24, 1926 at his home in Great Falls, Montana.

Charlie Russell completed approximately 4,000 works of art during his lifetime. He was the first "Western" artist to live the majority of his life in the West. For this reason, Charlie knew his subject matter intimately, setting the standard for many western artists to follow.

[Reference source: cmrussell.org]

 

Genuine vintage prints of Charles M. Russell's Western paintings

Published by Brown and Bigelow of St. Paul, Minnesota and
The Moscrip Picture Company of Great Falls, Montana.
These are some of the earliest prints of Russell's paintings—they were acquired by our founder, Fred T. Darvill, on a trip through Montana prior to 1930.