The Charles Goodnight Collection by Lee Cable

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A generous donation from James E. Parkman of 13 paintings created by artist Lee Cable was recently gifted to The Bryan Museum. This portfolio of stunning oil paintings details the life and story of famous cowman and plainsman Charles Goodnight and demonstrates the historical wonder of the cattle drive and its importance in the history of the west.

The paintings will be used primarily as a traveling exhibit with the purpose of promoting the educational goals of Mr. Parkman and The Bryan Museum, enabling the Museum to expand its reach and impact into Houston and the greater region. This extraordinary portfolio with story boards and hands-on saddles, spurs, and other western artifacts that the Museum will provide, accompany the paintings when they travel to partner museums and schools for a fuller educational experience.

Parkman says, “This donation is made in honor of JP Bryan who has shown the same spirit of courage, innovation and leadership we have learned from the life of Charlie Goodnight. Through the efforts of Mr. Bryan to educate and inspire Texans, it is my hope that this donation can add in some way to the bright future ahead for Texans of all ages.”

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of

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A portion of the Charles Goodnight Collection is on exhibit at The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
in Spring, Texas from September 20 – January 10, 2022.

If you’re interested in receiving the entire collection of paintings, sketches, and artifacts, or a smaller curated set of art for your school or museum, please contact Kate Gray at kate@thebryanmuseum.org or by calling (409) 632-2274


The Bryan Museum along with the Susan K. Black Foundation and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to offer you this curriculum in conjunction with a selection of hands-on artifacts and paintings by Lee Cable illustrating the life of famed Texas cattleman, Charles Goodnight. The Bryan Museum’s mission is to bring the history of Texas and the American West to life through its history and literacy programs. Below find pre, during, and post visit resources to help you spark your students’ curiosity and to guide your students through the exhibit.   

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