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March 16-18, 2017
Great Falls, MT
Steamy Night at Madame Dumont's
Lot #170
25.75" x 48" oil on linen

FORT BENTON, MONTANA

The night has turned violent in the volatile mix of alcohol, girls and gambling.

Fort Benton was the last steamboat stop on the Missouri River.  River men, miners, soldiers, frontiersmen and gamblers patronized its waterfront businesses… including Madame Dumont’s.

Madame Dumont was widely known throughout the West. She primarily was known as a gambler who was entirely honest and even beloved.

History remembers her as “Madame Moustache” for the noticeable hair on her upper lip that grew more pronounced as she aged.

 

Andy Thomas

November 2016

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The Battle of Beecher Island
30" x 40" oil on linen (Lot #522)

The fight took place in September, 1868  in Northeast Colorado between a special U.S. Army fighting force of fifty frontiersmen and Cheyenne, Sioux and Arapaho worriers, numbering 300-400.

     When Major Forsyth, commander of the frontiersmen, saw the size of the Indian force he ordered his men to dig in on an island in the mostly dry Arikaree River. Hiding behind dead horses and modest sand banks, they withstood repeated, headlong charges and sniping for several days.

     This painting depicts an afternoon charge from the East on the first day.  The famous Cheyenne Roman Nose probably led this charge.



      
     
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