Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 45: Cabinet Card Portrait of Granville Stuart by L.A. Huffman

Auction Date: December 4, 2020

Scarce and Desirable Historic "Imperial" Cabinet Card Portrait of "Mr. Montana" Granville Stuart Dated 1886 by L.A. Huffman

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $800 - $1,200

Scarce and Desirable Historic "Imperial" Cabinet Card Portrait of "Mr. Montana" Granville Stuart Dated 1886 by L.A. Huffman

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Description:

This large cabinet card measures 6 3/4 by 9 3/4 inches ("imperial" size). Images of this size are comparably rare. The portrait has "Granville Stuart 1886" in handwriting at the bottom and "L.A. Huffman. Miles City, Montana" in golden ink on the hunter green lower border. The back is also hunter green, and a wine colored border is also visible on the front. Granville Stuart (1834-1918) is shown in a stately striped suit and waistcoat with a cattle themed pin visible at the collar and white hair and beard. At least one other print of this portrait is known with the year "1883" rather than "1886." If taken in 1883, this would have been taken the year before the famous "Stuart Stranglers" raids against suspected horse thieves and cattle rustlers in Montana which resulted in the deaths of at least 18 and possibly up to 60 or more suspected outlaws. If taken in 1886, it would have been after those raids helped elevate his status further within the region. Regardless, it is from an incredibly historic period in his life.

Rating Definition:

Very fine. The portrait is extremely clear and has only minor aging. There is some minor wear on the outer edges and back. This portrait will make a valuable addition to any of the incredible Granville Stuart firearms in this sale. Provenance: The John Fox Collection.



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