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Smith had a larger artistic mission than simply creating flattering likenesses. He wanted to illustrate the entire cowboy culture—to clarify all the varied responsibilities and define the characteristic techniques of managing cattle, as well as to showcase the unique talents of the legendary men and horses. He intended to document all the people involved in cowboy life, from the range boss to the wrangler.


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Erwin E. Smith (1886–1947)
Emory Sager, of the Shoe Bar Ranch on "Old Blue", his "Wonder Horse", cutting out cattle from the herd. Shoe Bar Ranch, Texas. 1912
Nitrate negative
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
LC.S59.003
 
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