While he would venture into other areas from time to time, William Robinson Leigh was primarily a Western artist. The Hold Up creates great suspense, anticipating the possibility of sudden violence. The outlaw, clad in his red shirt, chaps, white hat and unlikely Lone Ranger-style mask, trains his revolvers on the oncoming stagecoach, indicated by the shadow cast by the horses. The viewer’s angle of vision is that of the driver, and illustrates Leigh’s great flair for the dramatic.
The Hold Up (The Ambush)
Artist: William R. Leigh Year Completed: 1903 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 32.75 x 22.75 inches