Study for cover of The Saturday Evening Post, February 21, 1902
Dimensions: 25 3/8 × 17 1/4 in. (64.5 × 43.8 cm)
frame: 29 3/8 × 21 1/4 in. (74.6 × 54 cm)
Illustration Citation: Study for cover of The Saturday Evening Post, February 21, 1903
Credit Line: Gift of Willis du Pont, 1960
About: This sketch for N. C. Wyeth's first published illustration was done after he had been studying with Howard Pyle for only four months. Wyeth wrote home to his mother in Massachusetts: "The Post went wild over my cover and gave me $60 for it-within $5 of their highest given."
Wyeth traveled to the West three times between 1904 and 1906 and would have witnessed scenes like this. The bucking horse seemingly in mid-air with flying mane and tail and its expert rider lightly holding the reins convey the spirit of "wild West." A year later, a critic called the 25-year old Wyeth "one of our greatest, if not our greatest, painter of American outdoor life."
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