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Tom Lovell - INVITATION TO TRADE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Tom Lovell

Original Retail Price $150.00
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Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 19"w x 25 1/2"h.
Published: May 1982

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This image was inspired by the journal kept by Chalres Larpenteur, an employee of The American Fur Company on the Missouri River in 1844.

At the time, trading in the villages was forbidden by law and competition with the British Hudson Bay Company was sharp. Some degree of persuasion was in order. In his own words ". . . when trouble was expected in bringing the chiefs to the fort, a sled was brought out, having a small keg of liquor placed upon it to treat the gentlemen; a band of music was also in attendance. The instruments consisted of a clarinette, a drum, a violin and a triangle . . . it was almost impossible for the Indians to refuse such an invitation."

The story of the fur trade is mostly one of sad debauchment but there were warm times worth recording like this bright day long ago.

Tom Lovell
1909 - 1997 A Native American finding a Raggedy Ann doll on a lonely western road. A man teaching his blonde, gingham-dressed, settler wife how to shoot a rifle. A trio of Indians warming their hands over the chimney of a snow-buried cabin in an otherwise empty landscape. These are just three of the stories told through the art of Tom Lovell, considered by his peers one of the deans of Western art. But that’s not all. He was equally famous for his exciting and thought- provoking illustrations for such magazines as Life, The Saturday Evening Post and National Geographic—as well as his stirring images of sweeping Civil War battles which were considered so definitive that they were telecast as part of the famous Public Television documentary on the conflict and published in the accompanying best-selling book. Lovell was the first artist to win the National Academy of Western Art’s highest honor, the Prix de West, twice. He was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974 and eventually named a Hall of Fame Laureate. In 1992, he was honored by both the National Academy of Western Art and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a prestigious one-man retrospective show. He has left a lifetime of work that will influence, impress and instill emotion for years to come.


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