Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 175 (Sale info: For Sale).
The artist makes a specialty of bison painting, and this picture received high praise at the Paris Exposition of 1867. The story is well told of the monarch checking the attack of the hungry wolves while the herd retreats in safety. The arrow plunged into the side suggests that the Indian has also become the foe of the stalwart leader. The painting makes a strong impression on everyone by the forcible manner with which the huge form stands out from the canvas, and by the contrast of the black body with the horizon lit up by the dying sun, which may gently hint at the leader's final fate. [P. 12.]
Industrial Exposition. 1874. Art Catalogue. Chicago.