Unframed. Signed and numbered in graphite. Acquired from a private collection. It has been in the same family since the 1950s. The owner had inherited this from his parents. His father was close friends with Jack van Ryder, as they were from the same town. Jack van Ryder (1899-1968) was a well known artist. Jack was born on a goat ranch outside of Tucson, Arizona. At the age of 13, he hopped a train carrying cattle to Montana, and upon arriving, remained there for years working as a ranch hand and, when he could, a rodeo performer. He sketched landscapes with surprising accuracy for an untrained artist. He met Charlie Russell, the famed artist, and upon seeing Jack's work, Charlie gave Jack his first set of paints and encouraged him to try oil painting. In 1926, Jack was the leader and primary artist for a group of artists and cartographers who undertook the California map making project. After 1926, Jack had his personal style well developed. It is described as delicate and precise with a kind og hyper-realism of the fine details. Jack's work was recognized by the judges at the Brooklyn International Exhibit of Pen and Ink as the most typical and finished of the western candidates. This success was followed by displays of his work in both ink and oil at the Gainsborough and Montross Galleries in New York, a show which he left early in order to compete in the rodeo at the Madison Square Garden that night.