Montana's Charlie Russell
Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society

by Jennifer Bottomly-O'looney
and Kirby Lambert

published by Montana Historical Society Press

  • Immerse yourself in the Montana Historical Society's world-class collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, bronzes, and illustrated letters by the Treasure State's famed Cowboy Artist. Carefully researched scholarship illuminates the stories behind each artwork. The result is a catalog of Russell's art as you've never seen it before the Montana Historical Society's world-class collection beautifully showcased in one book.

432 pages, 11.5 x 11.5, 88 b/w photos, 102 color photos, 205 illustrations, index, 6 softcovers per case, Hardcover

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781940527109


    The 230 works shown in this book span Russell's career, from his earliest drawings sketched while working as a cowhand in the 1880's to his last masterpiece, Kootenai Camp on Swan Lake, left unfinished at the time of his death in 1926. Using advanced digital technology, each of the 230 pieces in the Society's permanent collection has been meticulously photographed to bring to life, in vivid color, Russell's artistic mastery.





Montana's Charlie Russell
Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society

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Jennifer Bottomly-O'looney is senior curator of the Montana Historical Society. A third-generation Montanan, she spent much of her youth at the family's cabin on Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, where her grandmother reminisced about Charlie Russell's visits from his nearby Bull Head Lodge. Bottomly-O'looney received her BA from Montana State University and her MA from the Royal College of Art in London. She came to Helena after graduate school as an artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, but was lured by a love of history to the Montana Historical Society. She has contributed articles to Montana The Magazine of Western History and has curated a number of major exhibits, including that of her favorite western artist-Charles M. Russell.

Kirby Lambert is a native of Texas and a graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received degrees in history, English, and museum studies. He has been affiliated with the Montana Historical Society in various capacities for nearly three decades. Before assuming his present position as the Director of the Outreach and Interpretation Program in 2007, he spent nineteen years curating the Society's Russell collection. His publications on Rusell include A Charlie Russell Journal (Montana Historical Society Press, 1997) and essays in Russell's West, Montana The Magazine of Western History, and The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell: A retrospective of Paintings and Sculptures (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009). He has also researched and written on numerous other Montana history topics.

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