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William Henry Dethlef Koerner (1878-1938)
William Henry Dethlef Koerner (1878-1938)
William Henry Dethlef Koerner (1878-1938)
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The Legend of the West: Iconic Works from the T. Boone Pickens Collection
William Henry Dethlef Koerner (1878-1938)

The Posse

Details
William Henry Dethlef Koerner (1878-1938)
The Posse
signed and dated 'W.H.D./Koerner/1931' (lower left)
oil on canvas
28 x 40 ¼ in. (71.1 x 102.2 cm.)
Painted in 1931.
Provenance
Phillips-Selkirk, St. Louis, Missouri, 2 December 2001, lot 496.
Private collection, New York.
Jackson Hole Art Auctions, Jackson, Wyoming, 9 September 2009, lot 75, sold by the above.
Acquired by the late owner from the above.
Literature
E.M. Rhodes, The Trusty Knaves, Norman, Oklahoma, 1931, pp. 136-37, illustrated.

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Lot Essay

The present painting was part of an illustration commission for Eugene Manlove Rhodes' novel The Trusty Knaves, a Western story revolving around a plot to rob a bank. As described on the binding, "...the good guys in this bit of tightly plotted spoofery are the lawless, who overcome the bad guys representing the establishment, enrolling sheriff, marshal, lawyer, rancher, and businessman, with assorted stooges. These upholders of law and order conspire to rob a bank, and are thwarted by the trusty knaves, led by Bill Doolan, who also had it in mind to rob the bank." Koerner's illustration captures the moment when, "The posse rode north together, a goodly cavalcade, planning inquiry as to any glimpse of the fugitive at the Carmody herd before they separated to comb the country."

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