"The Grouse Incident"

24" x 36" Oil on Linen

During the Alexander Ross Expedition of 1824, the party was descending the present Sawtooth Valley when a grouse was seen flopping on the ground.  There was an arrow through the body of the bird and so it was reasonably believed that the hunter was nearby.  The hunter  was never seen but it was probable that he or they were very near indeed.  Apparently the Ross party felt no apprehension about continuing safely onward. One must assume that the Bourgeois of the company had a little grouse on the menu along with their regular rations.

 

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