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    NICK EGGENHOFER (American, 1897-1985)
    Cavalry Escort, 1975
    Gouache on paper
    15 x 25 inches (38.1 x 63.5 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: N. Eggenhofer / 1975

    PROVENANCE:
    Acquired from the artist by Mac and Janet Taggart, Cody, Wyoming, 1975;
    Thence by descent to their grandchild, 2002.

    "My grandparents, Janet and Mac Taggart of Cody, Wyoming, owned the Two Dot Ranch. It was the largest working cattle ranch in Wyoming in the 1960's. Mac Taggart's father and family were original homesteaders of the Big Horn Basin in Cody and Crowley. Janet and Mac also owned Taggart Construction and built many of the first roads in Yellowstone National Park. They enjoyed and collected Western art and were also personal friends with Nick Eggenhofer, having collected many of his works over the years. Mac also served on the board of directors of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for over twenty five years."


    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.


    More information about NICK EGGENHOFER, also known as Eggenhofer, Nick, Nick Eggenhofer, Eggenhofer, Nicholas.

    Condition Report*: Visibly good condition, not examined outside of frame.
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    November, 2010
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