Grayscale oil painting of a western horse and rider chase, breathtaking in its presence. The dust is kicked up; you are there. You can almost hear the hoofbeats on the sod and the shouts of the riders. Smith would have painted this for reproduction in a book or a newspaper/magazine. 13″w x 18″ high.
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Langdon Smith was born in Massachusetts in 1870. Smith was still a small boy when the family moved west, first to Colorado, then to Pasadena, California. He studied at the Los Angeles School of Art & Design (he taught there in 1910), then returned east in 1895 and worked as an illustrator with the New York Herald. A couple of years later, his love of the West called him back to California. In fact, in 1905-06 he was a working partner in the stage coach line between Mojave and Olancha (CA). In the new century, his career as an illustrator flourished and he produced 22 covers for West Coast Magazine as well as many book illustrations during the years 1907-12.
Beginning in 1915, he spent winters in his studio in Los Angeles and the rest of the year in northern California in the small mining town of Forest City (now a ghost town) – where he mined gold as well as painted. Smith worked in oil, watercolor, and pen-and-ink, documenting the last of the Old West, mining scenes, and other early California. His drawings of cowboys compare favorably with those by Ed Borein. Exh: Alaska-Yukon Expo (Seattle), 1909.
Langdon Smith died in Grass Valley in 1959, after a bout with an intestinal disorder.