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Friday, January 29, 2021


Cowboy motifs play an oversized role in my small collection of Richard White's work.
Is that just the luck of my draw, or did he actually produce more proportionally?
Edited to add:  At least one expert says this is by Jim French of Colt during his "Luger" period, and I tend to thing he may be right.  See comment by Ron R. below for more.

 

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  1. A very skilled artist—so sad that he died of AIDS

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    1. He was indeed exceptional. Given the abrupt end to his career, I feared that AIDS might have been the reason. Thanks for letting us know.

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  2. But I think this particular drawing is by Jim French when he signed his work Lugar, later to be known as Colt. I'll try to verify.

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  3. I consulted the former registrar of collections at the Leslie-Lohman Museum. He is sure it is a Jim French drawing and probably done in his "Luger" period. If the drawing is actually signed "RAW" then it must be an early work of White's when he may have been copying the work of other artists as a learning tool.

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    1. This particular picture does not have a signature or trademark, so the easy route to an artist ID isn't there. My personal collection of both White and French's drawing show about 90% of each artist's work with such marks.
      Oh, well. I got the scan from a usually reliable source, but like me, they have been known to make mistakes. Being a native Texan, I still have friends there who heavily collect cowboy art of this type, so I contacted one. He is baffled, too, and does not have this particular image in his collection under any name.

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