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Sat, Oct 7, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 637

6 Morgan Steinmetz Animal and Sporting Illustration Paintings and Drawings

Estimate: $500 - $600

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Six animal themed illustration artworks by Morgan Stinemetz (American/Tennessee, 1886-1969). Includes four watercolor and gouache paintings: A cowboy choking a wolf, an elk battling a lioness, a racoon following a frog down a log, and two dogs fighting. Also includes 2 charcoal drawings: a dog attacking a bear about to attack a boy and dog, and a dog lunging at a wolf. All items are signed. The elk painting has label en verso indicating it was used in the book "Wapiti The Elk" (1952) by Rutherford Montgomery. All are matted and wrapped in plastic wrap (racoon painting has partial blue-painted wrap). Sight sizes range from 12" x 8 1/2" to 14" x 15". Mat sizes range from 15" x 18" to 18" x 22". Biography: Painter and illustrator Morgan Stinemetz was born in Washington, DC. He attended the Corcoran Art School, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied under Thomas Anshutz, and the Art Students League in New York. He exhibited at least one oil on canvas landscape (and possibly also a painting of a sailboat) in the groundbreaking International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1913 at the Armory in New York (also known as "The Armory Show" ). During World War I, he designed camoflauge for US Navy ships. He went on to a career as a prominent illustrator, working for publications including Colliers, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Home Companion, Outdoor Life, and the Pictorial Review, for which he served as Art Director. Stinemetz became best known as an illustrator of animals (in particular, Scottie dogs), and judged dog shows throughout the Eastern US and England. In 1939, he accepted a job as art editor for the Methodist Publishing House, which brought him to Nashville, Tennessee in 1941. There, he became a member of the Tennessee Art League. Stinemetz died in the Nashville area in 1969. (Source: Morgan Stinemetz newspaper obituary, US Social Security Death Index, American Art Annual Vol. 10, 1913, "The Armory Show at 100" website, "Artist's Retreat" by Louise Davis for the Nashville Tennessean newspaper, Sept. 7, 1952).


All items overall good condition with minimal toning, not examined out of plastic wrap. Some works with grime to plastic wrap. The painting of the 2 dogs has some scattered foxing. The painting of the young man fighting the wolf has some grime and tiny holes along top edge. All have gold stickered numbers in lower corners.

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