Ballet for Billy the Kid; Escape from the McSween Home
Acrylic on canvas, 60" x 60"
The final act of the Lincoln County War was the gunfight at the McSween's house in Lincoln. Alexander McSween was killed in this battle along with a few other men on both sides. When the house was "fired," Billy, as seen here, and some friends darted out the back door amidst flames, smoke, and bullets. The Kid made it safely to the Rio Bonita and escaped into the darkness. With the end of the "war," the winning side declared themselves the law and the other side (which included the Kid) were deemed outlaws; thus began the long hunt by sheriff Pat Garrett for Billy and the story rises to the climatic scene where Garrett kills the Kid with the proverbial "shot in the dark."