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Thom Ross
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space Born in San Francisco in 1952, Thom Ross has had a life long interest in American History and the "folk hero" who is a product of that history and has long been the motivating force behind his work. His emphasis however is focused on the historical "folk hero" as compared to the mythical "folk hero". (An example of the historical folk hero would be Jesse James, a mythical folk hero would be Paul Bunyan; one actually existed while the other is a product of tall tails.)

His desire is to produce a work of art that requires the viewer to re-examine either what he knows about history, or what he thinks he knows about history. Ross has done paintings of Indians playing croquet; Indians playing ping pong; A camel walking through the deserts of Arizona with a human skeleton strapped to his back; An outlaw member of Butch Cassidy's "Wild Bunch" gang in the quick draw stance of the gunfighter where his opponent is a skunk; General Custer standing next to his pet pelican; and each of these images is based on an actual incident! By presenting such startling images, which are based in fact, it causes a unique reaction in the viewer.

His other objective in re-working so much of our past history into his work is his deep desire to "update" with bright colors, abstract forms and a contemporary style of painting of figures and events from a dim and often misunderstood past.
Ross believes that as we re-examine and often question the historical forces which shaped the lives of the subjects he paints, their "meaning" can fluctuate, and that the subjects of his works can be brought into a contemporary setting with a vibrancy and excitement that is seldom, if ever, found in the more standard traditional style of art work that has so often been used to represent "historical" figures and events.

With his love of history comes an enjoyment in story telling and he can easily capture and audiences attention with his passion and unique perspective.

Thom Ross shows in numerous galleries throughout the USA and now lectures at colleges on the Wild West where he combines a unique and passionate presentation of art and history.

We are your best source for new paintings and existing inventory by Thom Ross in the country. Check out his newest illustrations in the revised edition (2003) of Owen Wister's "The Virginian" now on bookstores shelves.


Hear Thom Ross discuss some of his works at www.singingphoto.com
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Thom Ross - Indians playing golf
"Indians playing golf"

Thom Ross - The Last Supper
"The Last Supper"

Thom Ross - Message of Death
"Message of Death"

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Thom Ross - Mallory
"Mallory"

Thom Ross - Ridgeline
"Ridgeline"

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Thom Ross - North Col
"North Col"

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Thom Ross - The Second Step
"The Second Step"

Thom Ross - Falling Climber, The Death of Mallory
"Falling Climber, The Death of Mallory"

Thom Ross - Perfect Weather for the Job
"Perfect Weather for the Job"

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Thom Ross - Up
"Up"

Thom Ross - Texas Rangers
"Texas Rangers"

Thom Ross - Cold Law
"Cold Law"

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Thom Ross - With Their Guns Drawn
"With Their Guns Drawn"

Thom Ross - They Ran from the Bank
"They Ran from the Bank"

Thom Ross - Full Moon Billy
"Full Moon Billy"

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Thom Ross - Wyatt Earp eating Ice Cream
"Wyatt Earp eating Ice Cream"

Thom Ross - Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
"Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"

Thom Ross - Sitting Bull signing Autographs
"Sitting Bull signing Autographs"

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Thom Ross - Yellowstone -25th Infantry Bicycle Corps
"Yellowstone -25th Infantry Bicycle Corps "

Thom Ross - Dog and Goldfish
"Dog and Goldfish"

Thom Ross - It Went Up With A Bang
"It Went Up With A Bang"

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Thom Ross - Five Riders
"Five Riders"

Thom Ross - What Billy Allen Saw
"What Billy Allen Saw"

Thom Ross - Mysterious Gunmen
"Mysterious Gunmen"

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Thom Ross - The Northern Lights of Fredericksburg
"The Northern Lights of Fredericksburg"

Thom Ross - Man's Best Friend
"Man's Best Friend"

Thom Ross - Trouble in the Desert
"Trouble in the Desert"

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Thom Ross - On the Fence
"On the Fence"

Thom Ross - Walking towards the OK Corral
"Walking towards the OK Corral"

Thom Ross - Indian in the Bush
"Indian in the Bush"

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Thom Ross - Desert Fight
"Desert Fight"

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Thom Ross - Tombstone Quartet
"Tombstone Quartet"

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Thom Ross - Across the Prairie
"Across the Prairie"

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Thom Ross - Moonrise
"Moonrise"

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Thom Ross - Tracks in the Sand
"Tracks in the Sand"

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Thom Ross - Indians playing Ping Pong
"Indians playing Ping Pong"

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Thom Ross - Annie and her dog Dave
"Annie and her dog Dave"

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Thom Ross - Lone Rider
"Lone Rider"

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Thom Ross - Jack Johnson 2
"Jack Johnson 2"

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Thom Ross - Billy ran into the Street
"Billy ran into the Street"

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Thom Ross - Arrival at Ft. Sumner
"Arrival at Ft. Sumner"

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Thom Ross - Coffeeville Defenders
"Coffeeville Defenders"

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Thom Ross - He ran from the Bank
"He ran from the Bank"

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Thom Ross - April Fools
"April Fools"

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Thom Ross - Custer's Three Dogs
"Custer's Three Dogs"

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Thom Ross - Arresting the Kid
"Arresting the Kid"

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Thom Ross - Buffalo Man and Dog
"Buffalo Man and Dog"

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Thom Ross - Geronimo in the Pumpkin Patch
"Geronimo in the Pumpkin Patch"

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Thom Ross - Trackers: In Search of Willie Boy
"Trackers: In Search of Willie Boy"

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Thom Ross - Western Lawman: Pat Garrett
"Western Lawman: Pat Garrett"

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Thom Ross - Lincoln Lawmen
"Lincoln Lawmen"

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Thom Ross - White Buffalo
"White Buffalo"

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Thom Ross - The 3 Rurales
"The 3 Rurales"

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Thom Ross - Winter Buffalo
"Winter Buffalo"

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Thom Ross - Pat Garrett Directing his Men
"Pat Garrett Directing his Men"

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Thom Ross - 5 Friends
"5 Friends"

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Thom Ross - Moonscape
"Moonscape"

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Thom Ross - Moonrise
"Moonrise"

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Thom Ross - Six Shooter
"Six Shooter"

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Thom Ross - Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Man with car in the Desert
"Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Man with car in the Desert"

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Thom Ross - Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Man With Pipe and Vulture
"Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Man With Pipe and Vulture"

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Thom Ross - Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Dinosaur Eggs
"Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Dinosaur Eggs"

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Thom Ross - Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Stuck In The Sand
"Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Stuck In The Sand"

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Thom Ross - Four Golden Horsemen
"Four Golden Horsemen"

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Thom Ross - Moonlight Trio
"Moonlight Trio"

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Thom Ross - The Lesson
"The Lesson"

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Thom Ross - The Shark
"The Shark"

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Thom Ross - Smell of Death
"Smell of Death"

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Thom Ross - Wait Until Dark
"Wait Until Dark"

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Thom Ross - The Last Stand of Captain Fetterman
"The Last Stand of Captain Fetterman"

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Thom Ross - Dead Daltons
"Dead Daltons"

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Thom Ross - Willie Mays in the Polo Grounds October 1954
"Willie Mays in the Polo Grounds October 1954"

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Thom Ross - Willie Mays in Time Square
"Willie Mays in Time Square"

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Thom Ross - Wyatt Earp Crossing the Prairie
"Wyatt Earp Crossing the Prairie"

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Thom Ross - Night Caravan
"Night Caravan"

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Thom Ross - Sgt. Butler
"Sgt. Butler"

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Thom Ross - Major Reno; Relief in Sight
"Major Reno; Relief in Sight"

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Thom Ross - How White They Look! The Dead on Custer Hill
"How White They Look! The Dead on Custer Hill"

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Thom Ross - The Three Crow Scouts
"The Three Crow Scouts"

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Thom Ross - The Stand Off
"The Stand Off"

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Thom Ross - The Arrest of the Kid
"The Arrest of the Kid"

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Thom Ross - Raven #2
"Raven #2"

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Thom Ross - Aspen
"Aspen"

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Thom Ross - Horseman
"Horseman"

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Thom Ross - In Camp
"In Camp"

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Thom Ross - On the Divide
"On the Divide"

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Thom Ross - Three Cowboys Riding
"Three Cowboys Riding"

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Thom Ross - Flying Raven
"Flying Raven"

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Thom Ross - Western Trinity
"Western Trinity"

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Thom Ross - Buffalo Bill Performing
"Buffalo Bill Performing"

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Thom Ross - Annie Oakley in the Mirror
"Annie Oakley in the Mirror"

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Thom Ross - Baseball at the Great Pyramids 1889
"Baseball at the Great Pyramids 1889"

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Thom Ross - Islamorado Afternoon, Tarpon Fishing with Ted Williams
"Islamorado Afternoon, Tarpon Fishing with Ted Williams"

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Thom Ross - Changing the Fly
"Changing the Fly"

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Thom Ross - Roaming the Range
"Roaming the Range"

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Thom Ross - The Diary of Nate Champion
"The Diary of Nate Champion"

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Thom Ross - Near Midnight
"Near Midnight"

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Thom Ross - The Scouting Party
"The Scouting Party"

Thom Ross - Charge at Beecher Island
"Charge at Beecher Island"

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Thom Ross - Buffalo
"Buffalo "

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Thom Ross - Standing for Justice - Commission
"Standing for Justice - Commission"

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Thom Ross - Running Gunmen
"Running Gunmen"

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Thom Ross - Midnight Billy
"Midnight Billy"

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Thom Ross - Indian with Medallion
"Indian with Medallion"

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Thom Ross - Stars of New Mexico
"Stars of New Mexico"

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Thom Ross - Indian with Pheasant Feather
"Indian with Pheasant Feather"

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Thom Ross - End of Their Shortest Day
"End of Their Shortest Day"

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Thom Ross - Moonlit Outlaws
"Moonlit Outlaws"

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Thom Ross - Moonlight
"Moonlight"

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Thom Ross - Moonlit Vendetta
"Moonlit Vendetta"

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Thom Ross - Destiny Awaits
"Destiny Awaits"

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Thom Ross - George and Libbie Custer Playing Croquet
"George and Libbie Custer Playing Croquet"

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Thom Ross - Adobe Wall
"Adobe Wall"

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Thom Ross - Running, they disappeared into the blizzard
"Running, they disappeared into the blizzard"

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Thom Ross - Cold Sun
"Cold Sun"

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Thom Ross - Moonlit land
"Moonlit land"

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Thom Ross - Silent Snow -The Fetterman Fight
"Silent Snow -The Fetterman Fight"

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Thom Ross - Posse
"Posse"

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Thom Ross - Cowboys on the Fence Set
"Cowboys on the Fence Set"

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Thom Ross - Lawmen in Pursuit
"Lawmen in Pursuit"

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Thom Ross - Cowboys on a Fence
"Cowboys on a Fence"

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Thom Ross - Willie Mays - The Catch
"Willie Mays - The Catch"

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Thom Ross - Teddy at the Badlands
"Teddy at the Badlands"

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Thom Ross - Gunfighters
"Gunfighters"

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Thom Ross - The Earps
"The Earps"

Thom Ross - The General's Dog
"The General's Dog"

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Thom Ross - They Went Looking for Stilwell
"They Went Looking for Stilwell"

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Thom Ross - Assassins; Bob and Charlie Ford
"Assassins; Bob and Charlie Ford"

Thom Ross - Getting a Shot Off
"Getting a Shot Off"

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Thom Ross - Pat Garrett
"Pat Garrett"

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Thom Ross - Billy at the Window 3-D
"Billy at the Window 3-D"

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Thom Ross - Winter Lawmen
"Winter Lawmen"

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Thom Ross - Down Freemont Street
"Down Freemont Street"

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Thom Ross - Moonrise-Pat Garrett
"Moonrise-Pat Garrett"

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Thom Ross - Super Chief
"Super Chief"

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Thom Ross - Indian with Parasol
"Indian with Parasol"

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Thom Ross - Madison Square Gardens
"Madison Square Gardens"

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Thom Ross - Pope Leo XIII, Cardinal Rampolo and Indian Chief at the Vatican
"Pope Leo XIII, Cardinal Rampolo and Indian Chief at the Vatican"

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Thom Ross - Indian Playing Ping Pong
"Indian Playing Ping Pong"

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Thom Ross - Moonlit Lawman
"Moonlit Lawman"

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Thom Ross - Six Shooters
"Six Shooters"

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Thom Ross - Wild Bill Hickok; The Red Sash
"Wild Bill Hickok; The Red Sash"

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Thom Ross - The Red Hills
"The Red Hills"

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Thom Ross - Buffalo Man
"Buffalo Man"

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Thom Ross - Custer
"Custer"

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Thom Ross - Reflections Along the Pecos
"Reflections Along the Pecos"

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Thom Ross - Wild Bill Hickok
"Wild Bill Hickok"

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Thom Ross - Above Reno Creek
"Above Reno Creek"

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Thom Ross - A Murder of Crows
"A Murder of Crows"

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Thom Ross - Billy Riding along the Bonita
"Billy Riding along the Bonita"

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Thom Ross - Billy at the Window
"Billy at the Window"

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Thom Ross - The Last Cavalier
"The Last Cavalier"

Thom Ross - The only known photo of Crazy Horse
"The only known photo of Crazy Horse"

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Thom Ross - The Moon Rises with the Buffalo
"The Moon Rises with the Buffalo"

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Thom Ross - The Chase
"The Chase"

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Thom Ross - Pow Wow Drummer
"Pow Wow Drummer"

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Thom Ross - The Football Game
"The Football Game"

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Thom Ross - Lone Gunman
"Lone Gunman"

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Thom Ross - The Future President
"The Future President"

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Thom Ross - Crow's Nest; Varnum and Curly
"Crow's Nest; Varnum and Curly"

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Thom Ross - Long Shadows
"Long Shadows"

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Thom Ross - Buffalo Bill in Venice
"Buffalo Bill in Venice"

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Thom Ross - General Custer
"General Custer"

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Thom Ross - Indian with Rifle
"Indian with Rifle"

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Thom Ross - Pow Wow Dancer #1
"Pow Wow Dancer #1"

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Thom Ross - Indian in hat and Military coat
"Indian in hat and Military coat"

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Thom Ross - Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Roy Chapman Andrews
"Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Roy Chapman Andrews"

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Thom Ross - Billy the Kid
"Billy the Kid"

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Thom Ross - Lounging Annie
"Lounging Annie"

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Thom Ross - Summer Lightning
"Summer Lightning"

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Thom Ross - Indian Warrior
"Indian Warrior"

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Thom Ross - Walking Gunmen
"Walking Gunmen"

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Thom Ross - Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Granger and the Baluchiterium
"Roy Chapman Andrews in the Gobi Desert: Granger and the Baluchiterium"

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Thom Ross - Buffalo Bill Scout
"Buffalo Bill Scout"

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Thom Ross - Ping Pong
"Ping Pong"

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Thom Ross - The Showman - Buffalo Bill
"The Showman - Buffalo Bill"

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Thom Ross - Feather Fan
"Feather Fan"

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Thom Ross - Joe Baldwin's Light
"Joe Baldwin's Light"

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Thom Ross - Dave
"Dave"

Thom Ross - Buffalo Man Walking His Dog
"Buffalo Man Walking His Dog"

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Thom Ross - Etta and her Dog
"Etta and her Dog"

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Thom Ross - Indian Playing Golf
"Indian Playing Golf"

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Thom Ross - Conjuring Back the Buffalo
"Conjuring Back the Buffalo"

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Thom Ross - Cowboy Fishing
"Cowboy Fishing"

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Thom Ross - The Scout, Buffalo Bill
"The Scout, Buffalo Bill"

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Thom Ross - Modoc Croquet Player
"Modoc Croquet Player"

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Thom Ross - Wyatt and Doc
"Wyatt and Doc"

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Thom Ross - He Calmly took Aim
"He Calmly took Aim"

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Thom Ross - On the Draw
"On the Draw"

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Thom Ross - Moonrise over the Dragoons - Wyatt Earp
"Moonrise over the Dragoons - Wyatt Earp"

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Thom Ross - Doc Holiday
"Doc Holiday"

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Thom Ross - Indian with flag
"Indian with flag"

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Thom Ross - Doc and Wyatt
"Doc and Wyatt"

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Thom Ross - Pow Wow Dancer #2
"Pow Wow Dancer #2"

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Thom Ross - Crazy Arrow
"Crazy Arrow"

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Thom Ross - Pow Wow Dancer Cut-Out
"Pow Wow Dancer Cut-Out"

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Thom Ross - Ned Kelly
"Ned Kelly"

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Thom Ross - Green Hills
"Green Hills"

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Thom Ross - War Club
"War Club"

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Thom Ross - Crazy Arrow Society
"Crazy Arrow Society"

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Thom Ross - Doc Holiday
"Doc Holiday"

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Thom Ross - Silver Creek Idaho
"Silver Creek Idaho"

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Thom Ross - Cowboy playing Croquet
"Cowboy playing Croquet"

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Thom Ross - Doc Holiday
"Doc Holiday"

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Thom Ross - Doc Holiday at the OK Corral
"Doc Holiday at the OK Corral"

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Thom Ross - Sitting Bull's Vision
"Sitting Bull's Vision"

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Thom Ross - Indian with Pipe
"Indian with Pipe"

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Thom Ross - Far From Home - Butch Cassidy on the Pampas
"Far From Home - Butch Cassidy on the Pampas"

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Thom Ross - Crazy Arrow
"Crazy Arrow"

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Thom Ross - Walk into the Moonlight
"Walk into the Moonlight"

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Thom Ross - Riding into Madison Square Garden
"Riding into Madison Square Garden"

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Thom Ross - Into the Net
"Into the Net"

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Thom Ross - Annie Oakley's Dog "Dave"
"Annie Oakley's Dog "Dave""

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Thom Ross - Summer Wheat
"Summer Wheat"

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Thom Ross - Crow King: Something for the Kids
"Crow King: Something for the Kids"

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Thom Ross - The Angel of Marye's Heights
"The Angel of Marye's Heights"

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Thom Ross - Indian with a fancy vest
"Indian with a fancy vest"

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Thom Ross - Indian Shooting Arrow
"Indian Shooting Arrow"

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Thom Ross - Snow Flurries
"Snow Flurries "

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Thom Ross - Walking to the OK Corral
"Walking to the OK Corral"

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