Ezra Tucker

Between Matinees


acrylic on illustration board
23 x 32.5 in.
28.5 x 38.5 in. (framed)
In 1883, William F. Cody started his Buffalo Bill’s Wild West extravaganza. It was an outdoor spectacle, designed to educate and entertain, using a cast of hundreds as well as live buffalo, elk, cattle, and other animals. American bison were one of the central attractions to the circus-like spectacle. Bison were used in the performances, one simulating a buffalo hunt with actual Native American performers recruited from many of the Plains tribes. It featured theatrical reenactments of battle scenes, characteristic Western scenes, and hunts. During a period of decline, when Buffalo Bill was trying to rebuild his Wild West, he was forced to join the Sells-Floto Circus in 1915.