"The model for Russell's sculpture titled Buffalo Lying Down was one of his earlier multiple versions in painted plaster. These plaster casts, generally intended for the artist's family and friends, were personalized and less expensive alternatives to his bronzes. The compact composition of the work made it easy to cast in plaster multiplesm using some type of flexible mold, and this was Russell's first attempt to render a plaster multiple in bronze."
Mr. Rick Stewart comments on the current model, "by the time Russell created his sculpture, the animals had been rescued from the brink of extinction and were thriving in national buffalo herds on several preserves. The artist's straightforward portrait belies the strong feelings he held about the 'humped back beef' and its central role in the history of the West." (Charles M. Russell: Sculptor, Fort Worth, Texas, 1994, p. 295)