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Big Nose George

Andy Thomas

Many call Andy Thomas the "Storyteller" and if you have ever had a chance to view his work you might just agree. Currently he is telling many stories with his action filled western art. These pieces are bringing the cowboys back to life as well as the American West history. In the past, Andy has painted many subjects from a picnic by the river, kids playing sports to a brutal bear fight. All of his paintings end up telling you, the viewer, some kind of story of our lives.

Big Nose George


Big Nose George


18 x 24 Giclee on Canvas

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The strange but True Story of Big Nose George

Big Nose George Parrot was an outlaw in Wyoming and Montana in the 1870’s. In 1880, he was arrested and sent to Wyoming to stand trial for murder. Along the way, he was snatched by an enraged mob intent on lynching him. He convinced them to forego the lynching if he would tell all he knew about the murders. George stood trial and was sentenced to hang. His botched escape attempt injured the hailer and enraged a new group of vigilantes who did string George up. The rope broke. With a new rope in hand, they strung him up again and Big Nose died a slow death.

But that’s not all. A local Doctor, John Eugene Osborne, was given the body to study the brain and cranium for traits of criminality. Osborne had a pair or shoes made from George’s skin (Yikes!) Osborne may or may not have worn the shoes for his inauguration as Wyoming’s first Governor.