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.
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.