Black Wolf of the Currumpaw

From the exhibition:
Wild at Heart: Ernest Thompson Seton

New Mexico History Museum

"Black Wolf of the Currumpaw," an oil-on-board painting by Ernest Thompson Seton, 1893. Photo courtesy of Philmont Museum - Seton Memorial Library Cimarron, New Mexico - A gift of Mrs. Julia M. Seton.

Hired to kill wolves on a ranch in northeastern New Mexico, Seton was transformed by the death of a wolf he named “Lobo” and wrote of in “Black Wolf of the Currumpaw.” Publication of that story in Scribner’s Magazine drew worldwide acclaim and set Seton on a path to becoming one of the foremost voices for wildlife conservation in America. Later, Seton would use the wolf paw print as part of his signature.

Note: Representative image at left is often cropped for display purposes. Downloaded high-resolution images are not cropped.