Golden Age Old West Illustration Gallery
Old west illustration was an important part of the ninteenth-century American art. The Golden Age of Illustration (1880-1920) coincided with the closing of the western frontier, the romantic, colorful era featured in vintage western art.
Fine artists and illustrators produced thousands of paintings and drawings beginning in the 1880s depicting scenes and characters from the American West: cowboys, Indians, outlaws, and cattle towns.
Fictional and factual accounts of frontier life filled countless pages in books and magazines, profusely illustrated by the likes of Frederic Remington, Maynard Dixon, Edward Borein, W. Herbert Dunton, and Charles Russell.
Their artwork defined western life for Americans living in the East and Europeans who were fascinated by America's wild west.
Artists and western writers produced the stereotypes for later movie and television western characters. Pulp western magazines of the early 1900s generated colorful cowboy outfits and exaggerated Native American costumes.
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by Mary Wyman Wallace, 1882.
Above left: "Bronco Busting," by Lawrence Hernden,Pacific Monthly Magazine
Above right: "Old Mexico," from The Thrill Book, James Reynolds, 1919.
Above left: Plains Indian, by Randall, c.1908.
Above right: "A Pueblo Councillor," by Maynard Dixon, 1903.
Above left: "Johnnie Bell of Los Ojos," by Frederic Remington, Harper's Weekly
Above right: Sunset Magazine cover art by J. L. Starr, 1922.
Above left: "Rancher," magazine illustration by H. L. V. Parkhurst, 1906.
Above right: "The Evening Meal," magazine story art featuring Native Americans by E. Irving Couse, 1920.
Above left: "The Mountaineer," story illustration by Alexander O. Levy, 1921.
Above right: Cowboy on horseback, Old West illustration, c.1911.
Above left: "The Five Gold Bars," story illustration by W. Herbert Dunton, 1910.
Above right: "Billy the Kid," Maynard Dixon, c.1902.
Above left: "General George Armstrong Custer," color engraving from a photo by Mathew Brady, 1870.
Above right: Navajo, from Sunset Magazine cover.
Above: "Say whatcha mean, stranger, an' say it quick!"
Story illustration by R. F. Thomson, Harper's Weekly
Above: "Shootout," aftermath of a poker game by H. L. V. Parkhurst, 1906.
Above: "The Dangers of Aviation Can't Be Overstated," cartoon by B. Crawford, Scribners' Magazine
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