James Earle Fraser (1876 - 1953)
End of the Trail
34.5 x 30.5 x 9 inches
inscribed: JE Fraser SU22
stamped: Cast 96
James Earle Fraser created the original version of "End of the Trail" in 1894, and he subsequently produced numerous replicas in both plaster and bronze. In it, the sculpture depicts a weary Native American man, wearing only the remains of a blanket and carrying a spear. He is hanging limp as he and his weary horse with swollen eyes comes to the edge of the Pacific Ocean. This iconic image represented the changing American West and was meant by the artist to be a critique of the United States Government. This exceptional posthumous casting was produced in very limited quantities circa 1970’s from an original mold by Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, which was bequeathed the artist’s estate.
The sculpture appears to be in good condition with no damage or evidence of restoration. The surface of the sculpture has a medium brown patina with a black granite base which is also in good condition.
Private Collection, Dallas, Texas