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Under the Gun

Under the Gun

Piece description from the artist

The dead man's hand is a two-pair poker hand, namely "aces and eights". This card combination gets its name from a legend that it was the five-card-draw hand held by Wild Bill Hickok, when he was murdered on August 2, 1876, in Saloon No. 10 at Deadwood, South Dakota.

According to the popular version, Hickok's final hand included the aces and eights of both black suits. With any legend, the truth is in the telling. This version includes the two red suited aces instead.

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9.0" x 12.0"
Oil on Wood Panel

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