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    WILLIAM HERBERT DUNTON (American, 1878-1936)
    Flower Study, 1933
    Oil on canvas
    30 x 16 inches (76.2 x 40.6 cm)
    Signed, titled, and dated verso: "Flower Study" / by W. Herbert Dunton / Taos, New Mexico / 1933

    William Herbert "Buck" Dunton was born in Maine in 1878. Dunton sold his first illustrative work to a newspaper at the young age of sixteen, later studying at the Cowles Art School in Boston and the Art Students League in New York. 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.

    Dunton relocated to Taos, New Mexico in 1914 where he was one of the original founding members of the Taos Society of Artists. During the Great Depression Dunton recognized the need to create more commercially popular works of art, so he turned to lithography and portraiture. The two lithographs featured here are wonderful examples of Dunton's work as both an illustrator and a preserver of the disappearing Old West. The endearing portraits are of Dunton's children are of particular importance because they have been passed down through the Dunton family. This study of gladiolas was completed in Taos towards the end of Dunton's career.

    More information about WILLIAM HERBERT DUNTON, also known as Dunton, William Herbert, Dunton, W. Herbert, William Herbert Dunton.

    Condition Report*: Original canvas in good condition with very minor accretions in upper right region.
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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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