Unlike other Western artists of his day including Charlie Russell and Frederic Remington, Edgar S. Paxson was largely unknown, yet he was a prolific artist who lived in Montana from 1877 and personally knew many of the participants of the era’s major events.

Paxson was a prolific painter and did some of his most important work in the beginning of the 20th century. It was during this time that he accepted several commissions to illustrate books, and the eight original watercolors in this exhibit were completed in 1907 for the Life of L.B. Stateler, A Story of Life on the Frontier: Containing Incidents, Anecdotes, and Sketches of Methodist History in the West and the Northwest by Edwin James Staley.

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