Edgar Samuel Paxson (American/Montana, 1852-1919), "Blackfoot Chief", 1901, watercolor, signed and dated lower right, 10 in. x 7 7/8 in., unframed. Note: Born in New York in 1852, Edgar Paxson had an interest in traveling to the American West from an early age. Settling in Montana, Paxson worked as an artist, as well as painting signs, buildings, and theater sets. Paxson was intrigued by the Native Americans of the area in which he had settled just one year after the Battle of Little Bighorn. He decided to paint, after painstaking research including interviews with members of the Indian tribes as well as American soldiers, a view of the famous battle, which he completed in 1899. At that same time, Paxson also painted many portraits of Native Americans in watercolor, such one offered here, depicting a Chief of the Blackfoot people of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana. The empathetic portrayal of the man in profile with a headdress and jewelry is characteristic of Paxson’s style and displays his use of strong highlight and shadow, as well as his skill with watercolor.