'Queen's War Hounds' depicts an acting-sergeant and other members of the North West Mounted Police, and their Blood trackers and guides on the trail of thieves or whisky traders along the Milk River Ridge in Alberta.
This is one of four major works executed by Charles Russell between 1912 and 1915 which uses the N.W.M.P. as subjects. Charles Marion Russell (American, 1864-1926) was one of North America's most beloved western artists. Painter, sculptor, cowboy, storyteller, historian and philosopher, Russell had a particular love of horses, and of all the people he came in contact with, native people were first in his sympathies.
This work was purchased in 1919 at the Calgary stampede by one of the event's founders, George Lane. It was acquired by the Alberta Government after his death in 1925 and hung in the Provincial Legislative Assembly. In 1967, it moved to its permanent home at the Provincial Museum of Alberta .