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The Bucking Horse, Wild West

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 295
Date: 1887
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 84 x 185 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: no
No. of States: 3
Known impressions: 8
Catalogues: K.315; M.309
Impressions taken from this plate  (8)


circus, grandstand, horse, jubilee, people, theatre, wild west show.


Variations on the title are as follows:

'"Wild West" No. 3' (1887/1888, Whistler). 4
'Wild West, Bucking Horse' (1889, Whistler). 5
'The Bucking Horse' (1898, Wunderlich's). 6
'The Bucking Horse' (1902, Edward Guthrie Kennedy (1849-1932)). 7

'The Bucking Horse, Wild West' combines elements of Whistler's and later titles.

4: List, [1887/1888], GUW #13233.

5: List, 18 July 1889, GUW #13235.

6: New York 1898 (cat. no. 218).

7: Kennedy 1902[more] (cat. no. 290*).


A view across a circular arena, with a grandstand in the distance at left, and a back-drop along the far side. In the arena, at left, is a bucking horse with its rider. Just behind and to right of them is a group of figures with a flag, and further to right, several other figures and some scenery, possibly a log and poles. In the background are five horses, four with riders. In the foreground at right are two spectators, a man and woman, seated by a railing.


The arena of the 'Wild West' show, Earl's Court, London. The view is from the same spot as The Orator, Buffalo Bill 293.