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The Wild Bunch

Title
William Todd Carver, Harvey Logan, Harry Longbaugh, Ben Kilpatrick and Robert Le Roy Parker
Artist
John Swartz, active c. 1900
Sitter
William Todd Carver, c. 1866 - 1901
Harvey Logan, 1865 - 1903
Harry Longbaugh, 1870 - 1909
Ben Kilpatrick, c.1870 - 1912
Robert Le Roy Parker, c. 1865 - 1909
Date
1900
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Mat (Verified): 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18")
Image/Sheet: 16.7 × 21.6 cm (6 9/16 × 8 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Pinkerton's, Inc.
Object number
NPG.82.66
Exhibition Label
Seated, left to right: Harry Longabaugh ("The Sundance Kid") 1870-1909?
Ben Kilpatrick ("The Tall Texan") ?-1912
Robert LeRoy Parker ("Butch Cassidy") 1866-1909?
Standing, left to right: William Todd Carver ("Bill") c. 1866-1901
Harvey Logan ("Kid Curry") 1865-1903
According to western lore, after robbing a Nevada bank in 1900 and escaping with more than $30,000, the Wild Bunch outfitted themselves in dapper suits and sat for this group portrait, copies of which were sent to the bank and the Pinkerton Detective Agency as a joke. The Wild Bunch, also known as the "Hole in the Wall Gang," had a varied membership; however, its most notorious members are shown in this group portrait. The heist of the Nevada bank was one of their most successful robberies and one of their final jaunts as a group. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid later escaped to South America, where they continued their life of crime.
The Wild Bunch's brazen robberies and repeated escapes from law enforcement made them famous in their day. Since then, Hollywood has transformed this group of outlaws into mythic American icons.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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