The Trophy–1996

Giclee on Canvas
26" x 33" inches
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Fine Art Edition on Canvas
Edition of 650

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1996 Prix de West Award

Vainglorious in victory, a Comanche warrior tells a tale that was written in the blood of blue-jacketed soldiers, and displays a proof for his pride. The Comanche warrior on horseback was the master of mounted warfare and the scourge of the southern Great Plains for close to two hundred years. These were a people who seemed born for battle. Apache, Spaniards, Mexicans, Texans, Cheyenne, Arapaho and finally the U.S. cavalry had each in their won turn come to know and to fear the time of the full moon, when Comanche warriors were let loose in the world like a legion from hell.

The Comanche raided at will on both sides of the Rio Grande. They traded huge herds of stolen horses, mules and cattle with renegade, mixed blood Comancheros for guns and ammunition, and fought on. Smallpox and cholera took almost half the tribe in 1848 and 1849, and the army’s Red River campaign of 1874-1875 finally broke the back of Comanche resistance.