Heritage Auction’s May 3, 2019, sale of American art included a wide array of subjects, artists and styles. Some 665 bidders vied for the 201 lots sold, which at the conclusion brought a significant total of $7,301,125, including buyer’s premiums.
Several dozen Western-themed pieces were offered. In fact, two of the paintings ranked in the top twenty moneymakers, both byFrankEarleSchoonover. During his long, productive career, New Jersey-born Schoonover (August 19, 877- September 1, 1972) created over 3,000 works, many of which served as covers or interior illustrations for books and magazines. For certain Western aficionados, his renderings to accompany Clarence Mulford’s outpouring of Hopalong Cassidy tales stand out as most memorable.
Indeed, Lot 68084, which sold for $100,000 (all prices realized include buyer’s premiums), appeared in one of Mulford’s Bar-20 yarns, in this case for the April 1906 issue of The Outing Magazine. Similarly, He swings his rifle out over a forked limb and let it settle in the crotch also was seen in The Outing Magazine, n this case the May 1907 issue as part VIII of Hoppy’s escapades in “Roping a Rustler.”
Another Mulford story came to life under the masterful hand of Maynard Dixon. His The Fugitive’s Horse Plunged