William Herbert Dunton

William Herbert Dunton


Nationality: American

William Herbert "Buck" Dunton was born in Maine in 1878. Largely self-taught as a child, Dunton sold his first illustrative work to a newspaper at the young age of sixteen. It was at that time that he quit school to pursue a career as an illustrator and later enrolled in classes at the Cowles Art School in Boston and the Art Students League in New York. Following his education, Dunton became a well-respected and successful illustrator in New York but in 1896 found his true calling when he traveled to Montana. It was on that trip that he fell deeply in love with the nostalgia of the Old West, and that would remain his subject of choice for the remainder of his life.

During this time in Dunton's career, he had become one of the best known American illustrators working with such publications as Harper's Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Home Companion, and Zane. He was most notably recognized for his lively western outdoor scenes which often depicted dramatic episodes such as galloping cowboys avoiding a cloudburst, or a cowboy and his horse taking a dramatic spill. Despite his successful illustration career, Dunton grew tired of the pressures and demands of New York and moved to Taos in 1912 where he became one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artist. Once in New Mexico, he accepted very few illustration commissions and focused more on preserving the life of the Old West through his art.


William Herbert Dunton Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
WILLIAM HERBERT (BUCK) DUNTON (American 1878-1936) Summer Silhouette, circa 1926 Oil on canvas 14 x 14 inches (35.56
WILLIAM HERBERT (BUCK) DUNTON (American 1878-1936)Summer Silhouette, circa 1926Oil on canvas14 x 14 inches (35.56 ...
Lot 24001
Auction 652
Friday, May 25, 2007
WILLIAM HERBERT (BUCK) DUNTON (American 1878-1936) In the Tetons Oil on canvas 14-1/8 x 14-1/8 inches (35.9 x 35.9 cm
WILLIAM HERBERT (BUCK) DUNTON (American 1878-1936)In the TetonsOil on canvas14-1/8 x 14-1/8 inches (35.9 x 35.9 cm...
Lot 23358
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
WILLIAM HERBERT DUNTON (American, 1878-1936) The Badger Hole (The Spill), 1906 Oil on canvas 28 x 19 inches (71.1 x 4
WILLIAM HERBERT DUNTON (American, 1878-1936)The Badger Hole (The Spill), 1906Oil on canvas28 x 19 inches (71.1 x 4...
Lot 38130
Auction 5019
Friday, July 17, 2009
William Herbert Dunton (American, 1878-1936) "They've Trailed Me, They're After Me - On Horses!" Wanderer of t...
William Herbert Dunton (American, 1878-1936)"They've Trailed Me, They're After Me - On Horses!" Wanderer of the Wastelan...
Lot 69017
Auction 5330
Friday, November 3, 2017
William Herbert "Buck" Dunton (American, 1878-1936) He Roamed the Open Range, Scribner's Magazine interior sto...
William Herbert "Buck" Dunton (American, 1878-1936)He Roamed the Open Range, Scribner's Magazine interior story illu...
Lot 68012
Auction 5227
Monday, November 16, 2015

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