Smith, Howard E.

Original ink sketch of a cowboy on a bucking bronco on 1920 TLS of the American Impressionist artist, student of Howard Pyle

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(1885-1970) New Hampshire-born artist, an American impressionist known for his portraits, equine paintings and illustrations. He worked in oil and watercolor, and also did a wide variety of graphics, often using horses and cowboys of the West as subject matter. He studied drawing and watercolor at a young age. One of his earliest instructors was a veterinarian, who had him closely study the anatomy of his subjects. This was to stand him in good stead, as he later became recognized as a master of portraiture. In 1899, his family moved to Boston. He studied at the Art Students' League in New York and then 2 years with Howard Pyle. Returning to Boston in 1909, he studied with Edmund Tarbell at the School of Art of the Boston Museum. His illustrations appeared in "Harper's" and "Scribner's" 1905-13, and for several years he taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. Having been awarded the Boston Museum of Fine Art Paige Traveling Scholarship in 1911, he studied and traveled in Europe for 2 years, financing an additional year's travel through his profitable, long association with “Harper's Monthly Magazine”. In 1914, he returned to the US and began teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design. He won prizes including: Wanamaker Prize, Philadelphia, 1904; bronze medal, Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915; the 1st Hallgarten Prize 1917 & the Isidor Medal in 1921, both from the National Academy of Design, New York. He was a founder of the Rockport Art Association. While in Provincetown, he became friends with Eugene O'Neill, who asked Smith to illustrate his first published play, “Beyond the Horizon” (1920 Pulitzer Prize). In 1938, he settled in Carmel, California and became actively involved in the local art community of the Monterey Peninsula. He served on the Board of Directors of the Carmel Art Association 1942-49 and again in 1963 & 1964.His work is at the US Treasury Department; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Brown University; University of Nebraska; Crocker Museum, SacramEnto; North Adams Public Library, Maryland. 10 ¾ x 7 ¼ TLS, Boston, May 1920, to collector Glenn Walton Blodgett who requested Smith’s autograph. Smith apologizes for typing but “…as my calligraphy has so degenerated since my school days it might be perplexing to you.” He then alludes to the famously horrible hand of Horace Greeley: “…he wrote three kinds, one he could read, one the office could read, and one nobody could read, as I have no office-boy!” Right below his bold signature he has handsomely hand-drawn a cowboy atop a bucking bronco in dark black ink.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter & Original Sketch






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