|Title||Prairie on Fire|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||28 3/4 x 35 15/16 in. (73 x 91.3 cm)|
|Signed||Signed lower right: "1847. / C Deas."|
|Credit Line||Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair B. Martin, the Guennol Collection|
|Location||American Identities: Everyday Life / A Nation Divided|
Curatorial Remarks: Prairie Fire takes the classic damsel-in-distress story line and transports it to the American West. Panicked horses and frantic riders race through a prairie as a fire rages in the background. In choosing this setting, Charles Deas drew on popular imagery in nineteenth-century visual art and literature, including James Fenimore Cooper’s novel The Prairie.