The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of June 12, 2024

Sheriff of Pecos

Sheriff of Pecos

(American, 1910–2002)
Overall: 29 x 15 x 22 cm (11 7/16 x 5 7/8 x 8 11/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Caricature, or the exaggeration of prominent features, was a hallmark of Russell Barnett Aitken's style of modeling figures.


Figural studies were emphasized in ceramics classes at the Kunstgewerbeschule, where Clevelanders Viktor Schreckengost and Russell Barnett Aitken studied in 1929–30. Aitken absorbed the Viennese style of exaggeration and caricature as seen in this depiction of a popular folk hero of the Wild West, incorporating such motifs into his work for the rest of his career.
  • Collection of the Artist
    Thence by descent to his widow, Irene Roosevelt Aitken, 2002
  • Russell Barnett Aitken Entry Card to 1932 May Show. Cleveland Museum of Art May Show Records, Cleveland Museum of Art Archives.
    Aitken, Russell. Russell Barnett Aitken Collection. Cleveland Museum of Art Archives.
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art; "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s." Sept. 30, 2017-Jan. 14, 2018.
    The Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, W. VA.
    Ceramics by RBA
    Loaned by Mrs. George W. Crawford
    1st prize, Texas State Fair
    The May Show: 14th Annual Exhibition of Works by Cleveland Artists and Craftsmen. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (April 27-June 5, 1932).
    Webb C. Ball Galleries, 1932
    1st prize for Ceramic Sculpture, Group of Five, Cleveland Museum of Art, May Show, 1932
  • {{cite web|title=Sheriff of Pecos |url=false|author=Russell Barnett Aitken|year=1931–32|access-date=12 June 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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