This is one of the earliest Robert Woods that has been authenticated. Before Wood reached artistic maturity in the 1920s, he was an itinerant artist, selling small works as he traveled from place to place. These paintings were less sophisticated but not without a certain charm. "The Elk's Call" was traded for a stay with a family in rural Louisianna between 1910 and 1912. Painting and frame have been restored by Morseburg Galleries.