Donated by Robert Lindneux in January 1961. Lindneux was born in New York City. He began his art studies at the age of nine. At the age of sixteen he was sent to Europe to study. At the completion of his course he spent several years painting in the capitals of Europe. After he returned to America he went to Montana where he lived with trappers, hunters, prospectors, forest rangers and went on round-ups with cowpunchers to become further acquainted with western life. He lived with Native Americans and took pack trains and wrangled mules and horses. He painted all his scenes from nature and made all his animal studies through binoculars from life in their natural habitats.
One of America's oldest makers of paint tracing its origins back to 1754, Devoe & Raynolds Company was established in 1892 as a partnership between Frederick W. Devoe and Charles T. Raynolds. Originally based in New York, Raynolds became a co-owner of a paint company that had been owned by a series of family and business partnerships in 1848 and began a partnership with Devoe in 1852. The partnership dissolved in the 1870s, but was renewed in 1892, combining both owners New York and Chicago businesses. The company prospered during the late 1800s selling paint and art supplies, and in the 1900s by becoming a leading innovator and supplier in the industrial and commercial coatings industry. Devoe was bought by Celanese in 1964 and Grow Group, Inc. acquired it in 1976.