The story about the demise of a wolf hunter in the Pyrenees (South of France) appeared in a French newspaper.
Seton pounced on the idea for his next work. The painting caused controversy not only because of the content, but also Seton’s chosen title “Triumph of the Wolves”. He was convinced to change the title to “Awaited in Vain”.
The 121.92 cm by 213.36 cm (4 ft by 7 ft) painting hangs at the National Scouting Museum on Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico.