Glaser places his haunting image over a quote celebrating the snow leopard's magnificent nature. Barely tamed by the art of the portrait, the vibrant colors evoke the cat's glowing eyes and fiery freedom.
Here is Buffalo Bill in all his glory, riding his white steed over a rocky outcrop and ruminating over the Native Americans below. A newspaper wrote in 1883 that, "Cody was an extraordinary figure, and sits on a horse as if he were born in the saddle" (Buffalo Bill, p. 3), which certainly rings true in this image from later in his life. This poster is one of several advertisements for his epic biopic "The Life of Buffalo Bill in 3 Reels," and gives film production credit at bottom to Buffalo Bill-Pawnee Bill Film Co., New York City.
Unlike most of Buffalo Bill's Wild West shows and the posters made for them, this scene, depicted for Barnsdale's film screening, is much more graphically dramatic and violent. Most of the posters Buffalo Bill commissioned for his shows employed a further vantage point and less attackers filling the scene—and certainly, less gore! Regardless, it provides an interesting perspective on how advertising imagery had shifted toward the end of Buffalo Bill's life. This version includes a Barnsdale tip-on.
This is the very rare three-sheet version of "The Life of Buffalo Bill." The vignettes have changed from its first and more well-known variant (see no. 173), with Cody at the center, now dismounted. At the top is the famed Stage Robbery scene presented at all the Buffalo Bill shows, while the bottom showcases a display of his heroics as a military scout under General Carr. The film was produced by the Buffalo Bill-Pawnee Bill Film Co. in New York.