The painting stayed at the Center on loan until Paris’s widow sold it to James Khoury, an art gallery owner from Amarillo, Texas, who sold it to Luther D. Dulaney, a trustee of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, where it was donated in 1972.

This iconic Florida painting by Thomas Moran came to The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens on October 23, 1996. The purchase of the painting was sponsored by The Schultz Family and (then) Barnett Bank, from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City.

The idea for the purchase was spurred by Samuel H. Vickers, who at the time was a Museum Trustee. Vickers had wanted to install the piece in his home, but after seeing the scale and historical significance of the piece, decided that it would be a disservice to the people of Florida to not have it available to the public for viewing.

Written by Amber Sesnick, visitor services & social media coordinator at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

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