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Bill Pickett

Title
The Bull Dogger
Artist
Ritchey Lithographic Corporation, active 1920 - 1929?
Sitter
Bill Pickett, 5 Dec 1870 - 2 Apr 1932
Date
1923
Type
Print
Medium
Chromolithographic poster
Dimensions
Sheet: 104.2 × 69cm (41 × 27 3/16")
Mount: 110.6 × 74.6cm (43 9/16 × 29 3/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.84.113
Culture
Bill Pickett: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Born Travis County (or Jenks Branch), Texas
While working as a cowhand in Texas, Bill Pickett developed the dramatic “bull-dogging” technique that brought him international fame. Leaping from a galloping horse, Pickett would grab a steer by the horns and twist back its head, taking hold of its upper lip with his teeth until the bull fell to the ground. He performed the stunt in the 101 Ranch’s Wild West Shows, traveling from coast to coast and as far north as Canada. During a performance in Mexico, he brought down a bull with his bare hands. Pickett performed his “death-defying feats” before the king and queen of England in 1914 and in the film The Bull-Dogger, advertised by this poster, in 1923. Named to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1971, he was honored in 1993 with a stamp in the U.S. Postal Service’s “Legends of the West” series.
Nacido en Travis County (o Jenks Branch), Texas
Mientras trabajaba de vaquero en Texas, Bill Pickett desarrolló la impactante técnica de derribo de novillos que lo hizo famoso en el mundo. Cabalgando a todo galope, Pickett saltaba del caballo y agarraba al novillo por los cuernos, le echaba la cabeza hacia atrás y le mordía el labio superior hasta que el animal caía al suelo. Pickett realizaba esta proeza como parte del espectáculo sobre temas del lejano oeste “101 Ranch’s Wild West Shows”, con el cual viajó de costa a costa y hasta Canadá. Durante una actuación en México, derribó un novillo con sus propias manos. Pickett tuvo ocasión de realizar sus “actos mortales” ante los reyes de Inglaterra en 1914 y en la película The Bull-Dogger, a la cual pertenece este cartel publicitario de 1923. En 1971 fue incorporado al salón de la fama de los vaqueros (National Cowboy Hall of Fame) y en 1993 el Servicio Postal Estadounidense emitió en su honor un sello de la serie “Leyendas del Oeste”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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