William Herbert Dunton (1878-1936)
William Herbert Dunton (1878-1936)


William Herbert Dunton (1878-1936)
signed 'Dunton' (lower right)
oil on canvas
20 x 16 in. (50.7 x 40.6 cm.)
Painted circa 1924.
The artist.
R.E. Olds Anderson, Michigan, acquired from the above, by 1924.
By descent to the present owner.
F.W. Robinson, "Dunton--Westerner," American Magazine of Art, vol. 15, no. 10, October 1924, p. 507, illustrated.
J. Schimmel, The Art and Life of W. Herbert Dunton, 1878-1936, Austin, Texas, 1984, pp. 158, 203.
Ponca City, Oklahoma, Jens-Marie Hotel, November 1924.
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Lot Essay

In the October 1924 issue of American Magazine of Art, F. Warner Robinson wrote of the present work, "In 'Glorietta' the rich yellow of the foliage and the line of mounted Indians with their pack animals coming out to you from between the trees, though brilliant and sparkling in color, do not impress me so deeply as the fact that the cottonwoods are gigantic and aged--that, meeting overhead, their limbs and leaves form a giant canopy beneath which the mounted figures seem diminutive." (p. 507)

Glorietta was acquired directly from the artist by R.E. Olds Anderson, the grandson of the founder of Oldsmobile, and has remained in the same family ever since. Other works by Dunton from Anderson's collection can now be found in the collection of the Kellogg Museum at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work being prepared by Michael R. Grauer, Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Art and Western Heritage, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas.

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