John Buxton painting

The Fur Trader

28" x 24" oil

 

 

Painting information:

 

In the 18th century, the Iroquois controlled the hunting grounds of western Pennsylvania. They rarely granted a commission for a white (or European) to hunt there. They had learned the value of animal pelts in trade and had become dependent upon it. Here, a buyer proudly displays his purchases on this day of trade. Deer hides (the white bundles in the foreground) provided leather and were the item traded for most in bulk. Specialty furs like beaver and fox would bring a higher price when he, in turn, brings them to market. All in all, it is a profitable day for this frontiersman.

 

 

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