Artist Nicholas de Grandmaison
Title Bull Head, Peta'saukomaupi
Media oil on canvas board
Size 28 x 21.75 in. / 71.1 x 55.2 cm.
Frame Size 37 x 31 x 1.75 in.
signed lower right; bears title and copy pastel portrait of Bull Head verso; framed
'Bull Head was born in 1863 and was named for a relative who was head chief of the Peigan tribe when the north west mounted police came west in 1874. He lived at first with the south Peigans in Montana, then was taken as a child to the Blood Reserve at Brocket where his name was changed to Bull Head, but he was popularly known as Eagle Young Man. A good friend of de Grandmaison, he was a fun loving man, a practical joker, well liked by everyone who knew him.'; see a pastel portrait of Bull Head and excerpt on page 105 in History in Their Blood; Indian Portraits of Nicholas de Grandmaison, by H.Dempsey, Douglas and McIntyre, 1982)
Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, label verso; private collection, Calgary
Nicholas de Grandmaison ~ [1892-1978] Canadian ASA, MSA, RCA
see History in Their Blood; Indian Portraits of Nicholas de Grandmaison, by H.Dempsey, Douglas and McIntyre, 1982 for many other examples; Drawn from the Past, Nicholas de Grandmaison, by Gordon Snyder, Snyder Fine Art, 2007; Dict. of Canadian Artists, by C.MacDonald, Vol.2 pg.305 for biography; Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, by A.Westbridge, Vol.1, pg.87, Westbridge Pub., 1999; exhibition list in R.C.A.A., by E.McMann, pg.155; listed on Artists in Canada, a Union List of Artists' Files, by National Gallery of Canada Library et al, Canadian Heritage Information Network [CHIN] website