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The Attack on an Emigrant Train

Accession Number
1895.80

Title
The Attack on an Emigrant Train

Artist(s)
Charles Ferdinand Wimar

Object Creation Date
1856

Medium & Support
oil on canvas

Dimensions
55 1/16 in x 79 1/16 in (139.86 cm x 200.82 cm);64 ¼ in x 88 in x 3 ½ in (163.19 cm x 223.52 cm x 8.89 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Henry C. Lewis

Subject matter
This painting shows a group of Caucasion men and women in a wagon train traveling across a prairie. The horses carrying the wagon train seem frantic, as men on the wagon train have rifles pointed towards and incoming crowd of angry Native Americans, who have bows and arrows pointed towards the wagon train. 

Physical Description
This painting shows a train wagon filled with people in the foreground, and many train wagons following in the background. The train wagon and the people in it are being attacked by people on horses with tribal headwears and using weapons such as bows and arrows and axes. People in the train wagon are of Caucasion decent and have rifles pointed at those who seem to be Native Americans.

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
genre

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
American (North American)
Native American
United States
arrows
axe
axes (tools)
axes (weapons)
battle
battles
bows (weapons)
fighting
fights
horses
horses (equipment)
pioneers
prairies
rifle
rifles (long guns)
small arms
sunset
tomahawks (weapons)
wagons (cargo vehicles)

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