Letters from Maurice S. Weiss to Sid W. Richardson
About the Work
Sid purchased the majority of his paintings from the Newhouse Galleries in New York, but on occasion purchased from private collectors, as the letters in this case from Maurice S. Weiss demonstrate. While a saloonkeeper in Great Falls, MT, Weiss bought Returning to Camp and Buffalo Hunt (#7 and #10 in the Brown Gallery) from Charles Russell, and displayed them at several locations as he took various jobs throughout the state. In Helena, they graced the Old Stand Saloon, the Weiss Cafe, and the Placer Hotel; in Butte, they hung at the grand Finlen Hotel (designed after the Hotel Astor in New York City). When Weiss retired to permanent quarters at the Placer Hotel in Helena, he no longer had room for his Russells. The acquaintance between collectors was made by mail via John B. Ritch, a friend of Weiss, and J. Frank Dobie, who was contemplating writing a biography of Russell. After Sid purchased the set, the paintings hung in the living room of his San Jose Island home.