Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)
Sacajawea with Packhorse
Signed, dated, and inscribed "© Harry Jackson/1978/SA PH 14" and with the "WFS/ITALY" and the artist's thumb print on the back of the base, identified with alternate title "SACAJAWEA/SECOND WORKING MODEL/FOR A MONUMENT/HARRY JACKSON" on a bronze plaque incorporated into the base.
Bronze with brown patina, height 27 1/4 in. (69.2 cm).
Condition: Dust and dirt to interstices.
Provenance: The collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, California.
N.B. In 1975 Harry Jackson began work for a major monument to Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark's Shoshone guide, intended originally for the United States Capitol in one of the niches reserved for the state of Wyoming. However, political wrangling led to the revamping of the project with a revised focus on a site in Wyoming and an open competition. Jackson determined he would submit the Sacagawea figure as part of a pair of sculptures, the second figure being that of Chief Washakie on horseback. The new figure of Sacagawea evolved to include a pack horse behind the mother and child, and Jackson also elected to use the less familiar spelling Sacajawea. In the end, Jackson did not win the commission, but the sculptures marked a turning point in his work. Conceived for display outdoors, they were more massive and weighty, with Jackson's hallmark movement conveyed now majestically in broadly expressed elements of the compositions.
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