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Works of art by W.H.D. Koerner

These W.H.D. Koerner ark works include paintings, a few sketches, and some of his family Christmas cards.

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: NancyM


Madonna of the Pr...
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Exhibit notes: Madonna of the Prairie

Museum record: 25.77 | 1921 | H: 37 in, width: 28.75 in, Frame height: 43.5 in, Frame width: 35.5 in, frame depth: 3.5 in | Madonna of the Prairie | Museum purchase | In the novel The Covered Wagon, Molly Wingate traveled the Oregon Trail with a wagon train of settlers. Encountering prairie fires and Indian arrows, the beautiful maiden eventually reached Oregon, where, in the conventions of popular fiction, she found true love. In this illustration for the novel's book jacket, Koerner used the covered wagon to form a halo around the pioneer's head. | LR: WHD/Koerner/1921 | see ARGUS record SEP.V194.40.1922, The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1922. Madonna of the Prairie was used as the cover illustration. | Book: exhibition catalog, La Mythologie De L' Ouest, Dans L'Art Americain 1830-1940, Laurent Salome, editor, Silvana Editoriale, Milan, 2007, page 89 | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.JPG | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.web.jpg | 25.77.jpg | 25.77.jpg | covered wagon | woman | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

And So, Unemotion...
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Exhibit notes: And So, Unemotionally, There Began One of the Wildest and Strangest Journeys Ever Made in Any Land

Museum record: 7.69 | April 14, 1923 | H: 22.25 in, width: 72.25 in, Frame height: 25 in, Frame width: 75 in | And So, Unemotionally, There Began One of the Wildest and Strangest Journeys Ever Made in Any Land | Museum purchase | Koerner painted this work as a double-page spread to illustrate the serialized novel North of '36 by Emerson Hough, which was published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1923. | LL: W.H.D./Koerner/1923 (Koerner underlined) | On August 19, 1993, Ruth Koerner Oliver informed me that in her opinion the correct title for this painting is "Trail Herd to Abilene." She said that the title "Trail Herd to Wyoming" was given to this piece by Harold McCracken when he acquired it for the Whitney Gallery of Western Art. [8/24/93 Frances B. Clymer.] | Book (softcover): W.H.D. Koerner: Der Maler des,,Wilden Westerns" aus Dithmarschen by Gerd Stolz, Husum, 2003, page 78 (top) | 7.69.jpg | 7.69.jpg | 7.69.JPG | 7.69.jpg | Landscape | Group | Cowboy | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Eventually She Br...
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Exhibit notes: Eventually She Brought Him to a Standstill

Museum record: 10.84 | 1925 | width: 30 in, H: 36 in, Frame width: 32.625 in, Frame height: 38.625 in | Eventually She Brought Him to a Standstill | Gift in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Stewart MacFarland | By the 1920s, the West had become an important setting for popular fiction, and the wild horse often played a significant role in the storyline. Illustrations were used to enhance the drama, excitement and appeal of the narratives. Koerner, a well-known illustrator of western stories, created this painting for Hal C. Evarts' story "The Painted Stallion," which first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, September 26-October 10, 1925. | On stretcher - The Painted Stallion. #1./ Eventually she brought him to a standstill and sat watching the desert horses faded from the landscape. Label on stretcher - must not be used in any newspaper or periodical, except the Saturday Evening Post, nor may it be reproduced as an advertisement or in connection with advertising matter. Canvas back in pencil or charcoal - P7435a/-6 - | 10.84.JPG | 10.84.web.jpg | 10.84.jpg | 10.84.jpg | wild | horse | illustration | cowgirl | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) Eventually She Brought Him to a Standstill 1925, oil on canvas Gift in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Stewart MacFarland Active and independent women were popular in western fiction of the 1920s. In Hal G. Evarts’ novel The Painted Stallion, Millie Powers rode a powerful horse bareback across the desert in pursuit of her beloved mare, Patches. Koerner illustrates the scene where she chased a herd to no avail. 10.84 | Koerner, W.H.D.

Blackfoot Captive
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Exhibit notes: Blackfoot Captive

Museum record: 18.77 | March 3, 1931 | H: 28.5 in, width: 40.125 in, Frame height: 33.375 in, Frame width: 45.375 in | Blackfoot Captive | Gift of William C. Whitridge. | This painting illustrated "The Long Rifle" by Stewart Edward White which was published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1931. | LL: W.H.D./Koerner/1931 [top stretcher bar, in pencilled script:] The Long Rifle - The White Buffalo/ One produced a rawhide cord with which Andys arms were bound at the elbows (words missing) back Given to W.H.D. Koerner, Jr. by his father 1931/ (indecipherible) posed for these figures [upside down:] Raw and white [back of canvas in pencil:] C4923/ 9 3/8" brush [bottom stretcher bar:] #28 BLACKFOOT CAPTIVE - W.H.D. KOERNER (1878-1938) (copyright sign) [scrap of torn paper adhered to LRC of canvas back:] news/except the Saturday Evening/nor may it be reproduced as advertisement or in connection with tising matter./ aturday Even (end of paper) | 18.77.JPG | 18.77.jpg | Landscape | Indian | Group | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Blackfoot Hostage
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Exhibit notes: Blackfoot Hostage

Museum record: 27.97.4 | 1928 | H: 28.375 in, width: 60 in, Frame height: 35.375 in, Frame width: 67.125 in | Blackfoot Hostage | Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Weiss | verso, top center: W.H.D. KOERN (removed)/ 1705 Lasuen Road, Santa (removed)/ No. 101/ TITLE BLACKFOOT HOSTAGE/ MEDIUM OIL SIZE 30 X (removed)/ Copyright Ruth Koer (removed) [top left:] 4939/ x 144 | LL: W.H.D. / KOERNER/ 1928 | 27.97.4.jpg | Indian | Painting | oil on panel | Koerner, W.H.D.

Breezy Riding
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Exhibit notes: Breezy Riding

Museum record: 22.77 | 1926 | H: 37.375 in, width: 31.125 in, Frame height: 41.75 in, Frame width: 37.375 in | Breezy Riding | Breezy Riding illustrated Will Levingston Comfort's story about Cheyenne Frontier Days, "The Firebird." | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner (Koerner underlined)/1926 | 22.77.JPG | 22.77.jpg | Cowboy | Animal | Group | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Bringing To You a...
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Exhibit notes: Holiday card: Bringing to You a Wealth of Good Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Museum record: 1.78 | 1928 | H: 4.75 in, width: 5.75 in | Bringing To You a Wealth of Good Wishes For a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year | Gift of W.H.D. Koerner, III and Ruth Koerner Oliver (the artist's children) | Handwritten along bottom: Bringing to you a wealth of Good Wishes/for a Merry Christmass and a Happy New Year/1,2,3,4 Koerners | Book (softcover): W.H.D. Koerner: Der Maler des,,Wilden Westerns" aus Dithmarschen by Gerd Stolz, Husum, 2003, page 52 | 1.78.jpg | 1.78.JPG | Figure | Group | Landscape | Drawing | Pen & Ink/watercolor | Koerner, W.H.D.

Morning Ma'am
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Exhibit notes: Morning Ma'am

Museum record: 11.84 | 1925 | H: 28 in, width: 40.125 in, Frame height: 31.75 in, Frame width: 43.75 in | Morning Ma'am | Gift in memory of Margaret Elizabeth Stewart MacFarland | Koerner's niece, Margaret Elizabeth Stewart (married name - MacFarland), posed for this painting which served as an illustration for The Painted Stallion by Hal G. Evarts. | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner/(Koerner underlined)1925, ULC: The Painted Stallion #2/Morning Ma'am he saluted removing his hat. Could you stake me to a bite of breakfast?, Pencil or charcoal on canvas back: P7464 93/8 | 11.84.JPG | corrals | Other | Animal | Cowboy | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

1,2,3,4 Koerner S...
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Exhibit notes: Holiday card: 1, 2, 3, 4 Koerner Singing Your Praises

Museum record: 30.78 | H: 4.75 in, width: 5.75 in | 1,2,3,4 Koerner Singing Your Praises, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver and W.H.D. Koerner III | Handwritten: 1,2,3,4 Koerners/Singing Your Praises/Merry Christmas/and/Happy New Year | 30.78.JPG | Group | Figure | Drawing | watercolor | pen & ink | Koerner, W.H.D.

Motor Launches
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Exhibit notes: Motor Launches

Museum record: 3.96 | 1922 | H: 13.875 in, width: 16.875 in, Frame height: 21.75 in, Frame width: 24 in | Motor Launches | Bequest of Harriet May Stewart | verso, label in upper left: G22 MOTOR LANUCH/ 14 X 16 oil on board [top center:] G-22 [upper right:] W.H. D. KOERNER ARTS/ 12800 N. LAMAR/ AUSTIN, TEXAS 7815? [center stamp:] W.H.D. KOERNER/ 1878-1938 [center in marker:] MOTOR LAUNCHES [center left stamp:] W.H.D. KOERNER/ G-22 MOTOR LAUNCHES/ 14 X 16" [bottom center in script:] This painting was done by my father,/ W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) in/ Gloucester, Mass. - 1922 - Rocky Neck - / Ruth Koerner Oliver | 3.96.jpg | 3.96.JPG | Boats | water | Painting | oil on board | Koerner, W.H.D.

Our Hobbies Do No...
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Exhibit notes: Holiday card: Our Hobbies Do Not Interfere with Wishing You a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year

Museum record: 7.78 | H: 4.75 in, width: 5.75 in | Our Hobbies Do Not Interfere With Wishing You a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year, 1,2,3,4, Koerners | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver and W.H.D. Koerner III. | Handwritten along bottom: Our hobbies do not interfere with/wishing you a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year./1,2,3,4 Koerners | 7.78.JPG | Group | transportation | Figure | Drawing | pen & ink | watercolor | Koerner, W.H.D.

Pencil Sketch for...
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Exhibit notes: Pencil Sketch for Hard Winter

Museum record: 5.78 | 1932 | sight height: 7.5 in, sight width: 9 in, Frame height: 12 in, Frame width: 14 in | Pencil Sketch for Hard Winter | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver and W.H.D. Koerner III | Right central: WHDK | 5.78.jpg | 5.78.JPG | 5.78.jpg | Figure | Animal | Cowboy | Drawing | pencil on paper | Koerner, W.H.D.

Pilot and Index P...
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Exhibit notes: Pilot and Index Peaks

Museum record: 20.80 | 1924 | H: 14 in, width: 16 in, Frame height: 17.625 in, Frame width: 19.5 in | Pilot and Index Peaks | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver | Handwritten on reverse of mat: My father painted Pilot (underlined) and Index/Mountains, (underlined) in 1924, Cooke City, Montana/Ruth Koerner Oliver/daughter of W.H.D. Koerner. LRC: W H D K (K is underlined) | 20.80.jpg | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

Pool Hall Candy o...
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Exhibit notes: Pool Hall Candy, or Pool Hall Cooke City, Montana

Museum record: 29.77 | ca. 1925 | H: 15.625 in, width: 13.375 in, Frame height: 21.75 in, Frame width: 20 in | Pool Hall Candy or Pool Hall Cooke City, Montana | Pool Hall, Candy After 1924, oil on board 29.77 Koerner made this small sketch of the main street of Cooke City, Montana, during one of his trips to a dude ranch in the area. | On reverse: Pool Hall Cooke City Montana . . . 214/W.H.D. Koerner | 29.77.jpg | Landscape | Painting | oil on board | Pool Hall, Candy After 1924, oil on board 29.77 Koerner made this small sketch of the main street of Cooke City, Montana, during one of his trips to a dude ranch in the area. | Koerner, W.H.D.

Sketch of Family ...
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Exhibit notes: Sketch of Family in Montana, or East Meets West

Museum record: 28.77 | sight height: 5.25 in, sight width: 6.125 in, Frame height: 12.5 in, Frame width: 15.5 in | Sketch of Family in Montana or East Meets West | LRC: W.H.D.K., On reverse: East Meets West/Original Sketch | 28.77.JPG | Indian | Figure | Animal | Group | Drawing | watercolor and pastel crayon on paper | Koerner, W.H.D.

They Stood There ...
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Exhibit notes: They Stood There Watching Him Move Off Across the Range, Leading His Pack Horse

Museum record: 26.77 | 1928 | H: 29.125 in, width: 41 in, Frame height: 33.125 in, Frame width: 45.375 in | They Stood There Watching Him Move Off Across the Range, Leading His Pack Horse | Museum purchase | In order to illustrate the short story "Post Office at Dry Fork" by Hal G. Evarts in the November 3, 1928 issue of the Saturday Evening Post, Koerner used his studio props to represent the costume of cowboy Bud Crandall. The laconic cowboy with his small herd of cattle followed schoolteacher Miss Abby Howard from Wyoming town to Wyoming town. | LRC: W H D/Koerner/1928; On the back of the painting: Post Office at Dry Fork (Undecipherable) leading his pack horse, on which was travelling at the left of the Dry Fork | Book (softcover): W.H.D. Koerner: Der Maler des,,Wilden Westerns" aus Dithmarschen by Gerd Stolz, Husum, 2003, page 76 (bottom) | 26.77.jpg | 26.77.jpg | 26.77.web.jpg | 26.77.JPG | Cowboy | Group | Animal | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

The 1,2,3,4, Koer...
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Exhibit notes: Holiday card: The 1, 2, 3, 4 Koerners Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Museum record: 10.78 | H: 4.5 in, width: 3.625 in | The 1,2,3,4, Koerners Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year | Gift of W.H.D. Koerner, III and Ruth Koerner Oliver (The artist's children) | Handwritten: The 1,2,3,4 Koerners/Wish You a/Merry Christmas/and a/Happy New Year | 10.78.JPG | Other | candleabra | Drawing | pen & ink | watercolor | Koerner, W.H.D.

The Homesteaders
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Exhibit notes: The Homesteaders

Museum record: 24.77 | 1932 | H: 29.125 in, width: 40.75 in, Frame height: 36 in, Frame width: 47.875 in, frame depth: 2 in | The Homesteaders | This painting was the introductory illustration for Rose Wilder Lane's Let the Hurricane Roar, an account of the life of her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, published by the Saturday Evening Post, October 22, 1932. The painting portrays the Ingalls with baby Laura. The caption reads: "Carolyn took the baby and walked across the slough to the field where Charles was plowing." | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner (Koerner underlined)/1932 | Quarterly Journal: Points West: Journal of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Summer 2003, page 3 | 24.77.jpg | 24.77.JPG | Group | Figure | Landscape | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.

The Road to Orego...
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Exhibit notes: The Road to Oregon (Lone Travel, or Travel in Groups of a Few, as Andy Had Known it, Was Practically a Thing of the Past)

Museum record: 6.92.2 | 1933 | H: 26.125 in, width: 40.125 in, Frame height: 30.25 in, Frame width: 44.5 in | The Road to Oregon (Lone Travel, or Travel in Groups of a Few, as Andy Had Known it, Was Practically a Thing of the Past) | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver | Although diaries written by women on the Oregon Trail often record hardships, later paintings of the subject present a more optimistic view. In this painting, the men walk while the women ride, giving a more protected role to the women. In actuality, women often walked because the wagons were heavily loaded. | LRC: W.H.D./(underlined) Koerner/1933 [on back of top stretcher, in pencil:] Foofaraw./Lone travel, or travel in groups of a few such as Andy had known it, was practically a thing of the past | Book (softcover): W.H.D. Koerner: Der Maler des,,Wilden Westerns" aus Dithmarschen by Gerd Stolz, Husum, 2003, page 86 | 6.92.2.jpg | 6.92.2.JPG | Oregon Trail | wagon train | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) The Road to Oregon (Lone Travel, or Travel in Groups of a Few, as Andy Had Known it, Was Practically a Thing of the Past) 1933, oil on canvas Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver Koerner created The Road to Oregon as two separate paintings to use as a "double page split" when published in the Saturday Evening Post. Separating the two scenes was easier for reproduction. The images illustrated the story, "Fooforaw," November 10, 1934. 6.92.2 | Koerner, W.H.D.

The Road to Orego...
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Exhibit notes: The Road to Oregon (The Trail Through the South Pass Had Been Worn Deep With the Wheel Tracks of the Covered Wagons

Museum record: 6.92.1 | 1933 | H: 26 in, width: 40.125 in, Frame height: 30.25 in, Frame width: 44.5 in | The Road to Oregon (The Trail Through the South Pass Had Been Worn Deep With the Wheel Tracks of the Covered Wagons) | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver | LRD: W.H.D./(underlined) Koerner/1933 [Back top stretcher, in pencil:] Fooforaw. | 6.92.1.JPG | 6.92.1.jpg | wagon train | Oregon Trail | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) The Road to Oregon (The Trail Through the South Pass Had Been Worn Deep With the Wheel Tracks of the Covered Wagons) 1933, oil on canvas Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver Koerner illustrated stories of the American West in popular magazines such as Saturday Evening Post among others. Because of short deadlines, the artist would read the story, sketch different scenes, and render a final painting within a short time. The artwork would sometimes still be wet when taken to the publisher. 6.92.1 | Koerner, W.H.D.

The Snow Eddied a...
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Exhibit notes: The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. They Were Muffled to the Eyes by Their Neck Scarfs. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House

Museum record: 23.77 | 1932 | H: 29 in, width: 41.125 in, Frame height: 33.875 in, Frame width: 46 in | The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. They Were Muffled to the Eyes by Their Neck Scarfs. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House. | Museum purchase | This painting illustrated Short Grass, a novel by Hal G. Evarts. | LRC: W.H.D./Koerner (Koerner underlined)/1932 | On August 19, 1993 William H.D. Koerner III, the son of W.H.D. Koerner, told me a story about this painting. According to him, he posed for the figure on horseback so that his father could get the right modelling on the clothing worn by the cowboy being portrayed. This was done on swelteringly hot July day. "Little Billy Koerner" was swaddled in coats and scarves from head to toe. In order to help endure this very uncomfortable situation his father told him the story surrounding the scene he was painting. Even today, Mr. Koerner remembers how much cooler he felt imagining the blizzard in the story. [8/24/93 Frances B. Clymer.] | Book: The Deadliest Woman in the West: Mother Nature on the Prairies and Plains 1800-1900, by Rod Beemer; Caxton Press, Caldwell; 2006; page 47 | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.jpg | 23.77.web.jpg | Group | Landscape | Cowboy | Animal | Painting | oil on canvas | W.H.D. Koerner (1878-1938) The Snow Eddied and Whirled About the Men. They Were Muffled to the Eyes by Their Neck Scarfs. Night Had Descended by the Time They Returned to the Ranch House. 1932, oil on canvas Museum Purchase For this painting, Koerner used his son Billy for the central figure. Billy recalls the experience, “Imagine posing for a freezing snow scene wearing a heavy cowboy costume when the studio interior was over a hundred degrees blistering hot!” 23.77 | Koerner, W.H.D.

Untitled
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Exhibit notes: Untitled sketch, Saturday Evening Post

Museum record: 14.02.2 | H: 9.875 in, width: 8 in | Untitled | top center image face: THE SATURDAY / EVE POST | Found in the McCracken Research Library general correspondence file for Mrs. Henry Coe, Chairperson of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, late 1980'-early 1990's. | 14.02.2v1.jpg | 14.02.2v2.jpg | Cowboy | horse | Drawing | crayon | paper | pencil | Koerner, W.H.D.

Untitled
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Exhibit notes: Untitled sketch

Museum record: 14.02.1 | H: 10.125 in, width: 7.75 in | Untitled | center image face: WHDK | Found in the McCracken Research Library general correspondence file for Mrs. Henry Coe, Chairperson of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, late 1980'-early 1990's. | center image face: WHDK | 14.02.1v5.jpg | 14.02.1v6.jpg | 14.02.1v1.jpg | 14.02.1v2.jpg | 14.02.1v3.jpg | 14.02.1v4.jpg | Cowboy | horse | Drawing | paper | pencil | Koerner, W.H.D.

Untitled - (Cowbo...
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Exhibit notes: Untitled (Cowboy on Bucking Horse; detail of rider's hat and hand not finished)

Museum record: 6.78 | H: 40 in, width: 31 in | Untitled - (Cowboy on Bucking Horse - detail of rider's hat and hand not finished) | Gift of Ruth Koerner Oliver and W.H.D. Koerner III | 6.78.JPG | Figure | Animal | Cowboy | Painting | oil on canvas | Koerner, W.H.D.