Indians Along the Platte River
Charles Stobie (1845–1931, American)
oil on canvas
30 x 60 inches
Charles Stewart Stobie was born in Baltimore, Maryland on March 18, 1845. His artistic training included drawing and painting lessons at the Maryland Institute in Baltimore, Madras College in Saint Andrew, Scotland and working as an architectural draftsman in Chicago, Illinois. Stobie headed west in 1865, getting a job as a guard on a wagon train leaving from Nebraska City. He settled in Colorado from 1865 to 1875, living and working as a painter and scout. In the summer of 1866, Stobie was briefly adopted by Chief Nevava’s band of Ute Indians who gave him the name Paghaghet, meaning Long Hair. He returned to his Denver studio on Larimer Street and worked as a portrait artist. Acting as a scout, he helped to designate the White River Ute Agency in northwestern Colorado in 1869. Stobie’s friendship with Buffalo Bill Cody was documented in a portrait now located at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Golden, Colorado. Returning to Chicago in 1875, he passed away on August 17, 1931.
ON VIEW in Promenade Gallery 2
Signed "Stobie" with S monogram and dated, lower right corner
Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art