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Bear Hunting. Close Quarters
Winter scene of bear attaching hunter who is lying face down in snow. Three dogs surround bear, a fourth on way. A hunter preparing to fire rifle at bear stands at right background. Black and white with red and blue added for color in areas. From the Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Bear Hunting. Close Quarters (Winter Scene) (8.6 x 12.4) (Old & New Best 50) - S"
In this dramatic scene, a bear devours a hunter while his partner and his dogs try to kill the wild beast. Currier & Ives primarily produced hunting scenes that portrayed the successful sportsman, however, some images were created to sensationalize the hunt. Currier & Ives capitalized on tales of hunters who battled hand-to-claw or hand-to-horn with wild animals. In this print the bear is the victor.
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