Nick Eggenhofer

Nick Eggenhofer


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Gauting (Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany)

At the end of his long artistic career, Nick Eggenhofer had only to walk a short distance to immerse himself in the history and art of the American West by visiting the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. He had, in fact, moved to Cody in part because the museum was located there. He moved there after a long and productive career as an illustrator and western artist, and his selection of that city brought him full circle on a journey that began in his native Bavaria. It was there that Eggenhofer as a young boy attended Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show on one of its tours of Europe. He was captivated with the pageantry of the show and immediately fell in love with the Old West. It would, however, be many years before he was actually a resident there. He migrated with his family to New Jersey, and he began his illustration career as a teenager. Eggenhofer drew literally thousands of images for the pulp magazines of the day, so named because of the cheap paper on which they were printed.

He was called on to draw pen and ink scenes of the Old West without having ever visited there, but he was an avid student of western history, and he strove to imbue even the sketchiest of drawings with authenticity. After graduating from the pulps to more substantial publications, Eggenhofer finally began earning enough money to travel West and see what he had been painting on a first hand basis.

Long before moving to Cody, Eggenhofer's trademark was absolute historical accuracy. He studied the details of western transportation, such as Conestoga wagons and stagecoaches, and produced paintings that were authentic in every detail. Aided by highly detailed models that he made himself, Eggenhofer gained a well founded reputation for knowing as much about these early western vehicles as any student of the era.


Nick Eggenhofer Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
NICK EGGENHOFER (American, 1897-1985) Meat for Wild Men Oil on canvas 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) Signed lower r
NICK EGGENHOFER (American, 1897-1985)Meat for Wild MenOil on canvas20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)Signed lower r...
Lot 76070
Auction 5116
Saturday, November 10, 2012
PROPERTY OF A PROMINENT TEXAS COLLECTOR  NICK EGGENHOFER (American, 1897-1985) The Last Mile (Cody, Wyoming) Gouache
PROPERTY OF A PROMINENT TEXAS COLLECTORNICK EGGENHOFER (American, 1897-1985)The Last Mile (Cody, Wyoming)Gouache...
Lot 76333
Auction 5050
Saturday, November 20, 2010
NICK EGGENHOFER (American, 1897-1985) Cavalry Escort, 1975 Gouache on paper 15 x 25 inches (38.1 x 63.5 cm) Signed a
NICK EGGENHOFER (American, 1897-1985)Cavalry Escort, 1975Gouache on paper15 x 25 inches (38.1 x 63.5 cm)Signed a...
Lot 76332
Auction 5050
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Nick Eggenhofer (American, 1897-1985) Red Trail to Dodge City Ink on board 10 x 15 in. Not signed
Nick Eggenhofer (American, 1897-1985)Red Trail to Dodge CityInk on board10 x 15 in.Not signed...
Lot 71285
Auction 5291
Friday, May 12, 2017
Nick Eggenhofer (American, 1897-1985) Bait for El Coyote Ink on board 12 x 10 in. Signed lower left
Nick Eggenhofer (American, 1897-1985)Bait for El CoyoteInk on board12 x 10 in.Signed lower left...
Lot 71290
Auction 5291
Friday, May 12, 2017

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