William Robinson Leigh (American, 1866–1955),
A Double Crosser
oil on canvas, 8 1/8 x 22 in.; 71.44 x 55.88 cm
Museum purchase, 1955.164
Speaking of an 1897 trip to North Dakota, Leigh exclaimed: “I…had my first taste of the West, and was really inspired by it.” By 1906 the artist had decided to devote all his energies to Western scenes. Leigh was a highly trained painter and a skilled draftsman who produced scores of nostalgic images of cowboys and Indians throughout his long career. If his sun-drenched subjects are sometimes too charming, or even approach caricature, like this 1946 image, they are always presented with sympathetic warmth.