Original Acrylic - 48x48
Tom Horn (1860 - 1903) - Army scout, lawman, cowboy, detective, assassin. Horn was well known in the West, having participated in the campaign, and capture, of Geronimo. He eventually wound up in Wyoming where he became a stock detective for the Cattleman's Association where he often had to deal with sheepmen, the arch-enemy of cattlemen. His most infamous deed was the killing of 14-year old, Willie Nickell, the son of a sheepherder. He was put on trial for the murder and although the Cattleman's Association put up a lot of money for his defense, they also knew that Horn was keenly aware of the crimes that the Association had been guilty of. The Cattlemen knew this and so although they raised money for Horn, to them he had become expendable. If he was hung they would breathe a sigh of relief. Found guilty of the murder of young Willie Nickell, Horn was strung up in Cheyenne, WY, on Nov. 20. 1903.
“Horn used to scout out his victims from a distance, using binoculars to watch their moves. The idea behind this painting is that you, the viewer, are his next victim! If this was hung on an all-white wall it would look like Horn was sitting right outside your window, watching you!”