“The Wasteful West” (American Bison), untitled headpiece illustration, 1905, oil on canvas, signed ‘Wyeth 1905’ (upper right), verso canvas inscribed “The Wasteful West Wyeth”, and with illegible letters or numbers, stretcher faintly stamped “The (?) Stretcher Pat. Appl. 19 (?) By Bielenberg & Co. New York”, 21x21in., overall framed 25x25in. Condition: UV light reveals possible retouch to right side border and bottom border, a few shadowy areas to right of bison and to signature square, relined, dust particles. PROVENANCE: Ralph S. Day, Leonia, NJ, mid 1930's to 1977; Mrs. Ralph S. Day to 1986; Estate of JoAnn Fawcett, Dumont NJ (a close friend of Mr. and Mrs. Day). INITIAL USE: Emerson Hough, “The Wasteful West: How America’s Most Wasteful Blunder Cost the West a Great Opportunity and the Country a Food-Supply,” Saturday Evening Post, vol. 178, no. 16 (Oct. 14, 1905), b/w headpiece illustration., p. 1.