The British born, naturalized American citizen Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait only painted twenty-two paintings in his Western series of which The Last Shot is most certainly one of the most dramatic. This series was completed in his first ten years in America after his arrival in 1852. Tait's fascination with western life began when he was a young man, employed as a living mannequin for George Catlin's Indian Gallery in Manchester, England to depict through costume, makeup and performance an "Indian of the West".

20104 Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905) The Last Shot

High action paintings captured the public's attention and were immortalized by the engravings published by Currier and Ives. Tait's ability to capture the conflict and challenges faced by both the trail blazing pioneers and the native population they encountered made his western series hugely popular. The Last Shot, from the collection of John C. Myers, was exhibited at The Near East Foundation in New York City.

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