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Old 06-22-2010, 03:14 PM
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I found a beautiful (hieroglyphic-style) painting dated 1935 by Broken Rope of Custer's Last Stand in word pictures that my, now 81 year old dad, bought on a family trip to South Dakota when he was young. Is this the same Broken Rope who was painting in the 1960's? Is there a re-sale market for it?

Old 07-11-2010, 09:44 AM
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We own two of Broken Ropes works that were painted on the street in Sturgis, SD in the early 1950s. One of the pieces has been framed and the other remains unframed. The work was done on a piece of lightweight cardboard.
My husband was just a small child and does not remember first hand, but his parents told him that the artist would use regular housepainting brushes and housepaint and do the work on the spot.
We are very interested in learning more about this very talented artist.
Old 12-25-2010, 09:07 PM
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Default Godfrey Broken Rope

Yes, Godfrey did paint some paintings in North Dakota. Bonanzaville is one of the places where his paintings did exist in the 90's. I have not visited the museum since I was young, so I can't verify they are still displayed in the museum. However, my Grandparents somehow met him many years ago, and gave him a job working on their farm just outside Fargo, ND so he could raise some money. The stories I always heard about being an alcoholic before turning his life over to God are true (according to my Parents' recollection). In return for the money my Grandparents paid him, he also painted around 10 paintings. My grandparents gave all 8 of their children one of these paintings, which my parents to this day still have. My Grandfather passed away in the mid 90's, but my Grandmother is still alive. She has a mural painting in her farm house that is at least 8 feet wide by 5 feet tall. The mural is beautiful, and represents the 4 seasons of North Dakota. I hope this helps your inquiry. Let me know if I can help with anything else.
Old 03-16-2011, 02:33 PM
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I would like to have information on a T Brokenrope, a WWII Vet and artist. We have a painting of his and know he lived in SD around 1949-50.
Old 05-18-2011, 06:50 PM
Location: Rapid City,SD
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so your my relative? can u email me at max1970_@yahoo.com plz
Old 05-18-2011, 06:51 PM
Location: Rapid City,SD
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your looking for tbrokenrope ? would that be thomas ?
Old 02-06-2012, 11:09 AM
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Godfrey is my granpa i own a lot of his art work an there not a copy
Old 04-01-2012, 08:23 PM
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Default Painting by T I Brokenrope

I just found a painting in storage signed,
To Art (and below that) T I Brokenrope (the 'I' might be questionable)
Arthur Harris was my father. Born in 1929 and has since passed. He lived in New Rochelle, New York. He came in contact with all kinds of artists mostly through his job in advertising on Madison Avenue at Y&R - Young & Rubicam over the course of 45 years.

He had many assistants I believe that went on to have very successful careers.

The painting looks about 14" x 16". A landscape of trees in the foreground mountains in the back. Bluish green tone done in oil on a thin wood pressboard.

I just did a search for the name T I Brokenrope and found this webpage. I'm wondering if anyone knows the identity of the artist and the story behind how he knew my father. Any information or guesses would be appreciated. Below is a poor scan of about half of the image.
Thank you, Tim Harris
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:24 AM
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I am one of the granddaughters of Mercy, daughter of Godfrey Broken Rope. I am interested in seeing pictures of my great-grandathers paintings
Old 08-20-2012, 09:51 AM
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Hello, My name is Garry Swenson. I am originally from North Dakota, but have a best friend living in Billings, Mont. While in Billings, my friend met Joe and Alvin Broken Rope. He bought an ink sketch that Alvin had done. It is a beautiful drawing of "Big Foot in Death Face" at Wounded Knee. He introduced me to Alvin once while I was visiting in Billings and I bougt a sketch of his; "Wolf Robe" as well as a small painting that Joe had done. I was never fortunate enough to have seen any of Godfrey's work, but if he painted as well as his sons painted and drew, than he must have been very good.
I never knew that Alvin left Billings for Washington. No wonder I could never find him again.
I wish now that I had bought more of Alvin's work. Maybe I'll find some in the shops around Billings.
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