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Event History :
- 2015 November Auction (sold $31,200)
Signed l/r: F. Darge
The Stampede is Darge’s homage to the old-time trail drivers and the drovers who continued to take herds to rail heads after fencing of West Texas began in the early 1880s on ranches such as the Frying Pans and T Anchors in the Texas Panhandle. And, unlike most cowboy paintings, Darge accurately renders the lead cowboy attempting to turn the herd into a mill with his “oilskins” and not a six shooter. Most cowboys on the rails did not wear sidearms as they simply got in the way. The lead cowboy also wears pre-1930 chaparreras, rides a “bear trap” swell-fork saddle with “monkey-nose” tapaderos on its stirrups, a sign of status among cowboys in West Texas and New Mexico. The Stampede may be Darge’s masterpiece along with a now-destroyed painting of a trail drive. The hand-carved frame on The Stampede is a tour de force with its hand-carved horse and cow profiles in each corner and a longhorn at the top and (possibly) Hereford at the bottom.