The Turkey Shoot

The Turkey Shoot
Tompkins Harrison Matteson documented various aspects of upstate New York life in his genre paintings and recorded his generation's great interest in romantic novels and history in his works based on James Fenimore Cooper and other colonial period novels. "The Turkey Shoot" is taken from Cooper's novel The Pioneers and depicts an old custom held on Christmas day. A turkey was buried in the snow up to its neck, with the objective being to shoot the bobbing red head from a distance of 100 yards. Only a shot in the neck or head was counted as good, and each shot cost a shilling. Matteson captured the moment Leatherstocking (right) recharges his gun after shooting the bird. His beaten opponent is Billy Kirby (in red on left).
Physical dimensions: 
height 41.5 in ; width 53.5 in