Indian Hunter and His Dog epitomizes the lasting appeal of the Old West as a thematic wellspring for artists. Manship’s linear, streamlined group represents the merging of a western subject with a modernist Machine Age aesthetic. The swift and carefree hunter accompanied by his nearly airborne dog harkens back to an imaginary American Arcadia, made real by Manship decades after the frontier had closed and his subject most likely would have been relocated to reservation land.
Marking: Foundry mark (right side of base): Alexis Rudier/ Fondeur Paris
Thomas Cochran (1926–29; his gift to MMA)
Rochester, N. Y. Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences. February–August 1945.
New York. National Arts Club. "Paul Manship Memorial Exhibition," May 10–24, 1966, unnumbered cat.
Williamstown, Mass. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. "Cast in the Shadow: Models for Public Sculpture in America," October 12, 1985–January 5, 1986, no. 21.
Albany. New York State Museum. "Cast Images: American Bronze Sculpture from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," October 20, 2007–February 24, 2008, not in brochure.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925," December 16, 2013–April 13, 2014, no. 34.
Denver Art Museum. "The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925," May 11–August 31, 2014, no. 34.
Nanjing Museum. "The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925," September 29, 2014–January 18, 2015, unnumbered cat. (pp. 142–43).
Albany. New York State Museum. "Imaging the American West: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 9–July 17, 2016, unnum. brochure (back cover, front cover detail).
Preston Remington. "Recent Accessions of Modern Sculpture." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 25 (February 1930), p. 40.
Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, p. 153, calls it "Indian Hunter with Dog" and erroneously lists date of acquisition as 1921.
Joan M. Marter inAmerican Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 765–66, no. 385, ill.
Carol Clark in Thayer Tolles and Thomas Brent Smith. The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2013, pp. 54–55, 171, no. 34, fig. 69 (color).
Karen Lemmey in Thayer Tolles and Thomas Brent Smith. The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2013, p. 158.