Harry Jackson (1924-2011) is often regarded as a mid 20th century Charles Russell or Frederick Remington. One of only 20 polychromed examples of Harry Jackson's iconic bronze masterpiece entitled "Pony Express"; this is the actual artist model from 1967. The artist model is the example or standard that is used by which all the others are made as regards colors, patina, texture, and detail. "A.M." (re: artist model) is embossed into the base, in addition to the date "1967" and the artist signature. It is the finest example, and most closely resembles the artist rendering of the subject and what he was trying to accomplish. It embodies his vision and is his creation. While the others (#1-20) are done under his supervision and guidance, they are often worked on by craftsmen in the foundry.
Well worth noting is the perfect balancing of the rider and horse on one of the horse's legs resting on the base. There is no sense of instability, in fact quite the opposite, as the bronze rests comfortably on the marble base. This is the original artist model from which 20 other polychromed examples were made measuring: 18 1/2" high x 21" wide x 14" deep. There are less significant second and third issues that were made of later dates and smaller dimensions.
The Pony Express mail service was only in business for 18 months (April 1860-October 1861), with one of the riders being Buffalo Bill (William Cody) who was only a teenager at the time. The rider on this bronze looks a lot like Buffalo Bill--perhaps Harry Jackson was influenced by him and exercised creative and artistic license by simulating his later likeness as the rider of his "Pony Express".
The making of this bronze using the "lost wax" process is described in great detail by the artist in his hard cover book "Lost Wax Bronze Casting" written in 1972 (a copy of which is included with the bronze). The step by step process re-introducing a 6000 year old process made famous by the Greeks, is chronicled using this bronze as a model. In 1973 Harry Jackson established "The Western Fine Arts Foundation" for training American craftsman in the art of lost wax bronze casting.
A realist artist who captured images of the 19th century western frontier, Harry Jackson has been called one of the most significant sculptors of the 20th century. He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1924 and died 87 years and six wives later in 2011. At 14 he ran away from home to Wyoming wanting to be a cowboy. During dormant winters he traveled back to Chicago studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1942 he joined the marines, becoming the youngest ever marine corp combat sketch artist at the age of 18. His life long bout with mood swings was a direct cause of injuries received in combat, which resulted in him being honorably discharged with a purple heart in 1944. Influenced by Jackson Pollack, he then began a lifetime obsession of painting and sculpting 19th century western scenes.
Harry Jackson's western and cowboy art is collected worldwide and displayed in many prominent museums. They include:
The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art in New York,
The Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming,
The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Denver Art Museum,
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California,
The Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin Texas.
The Queen of England, The Saudi Arabian Royal Family, H. Ross Perot, and John Wayne are among celebrities who collected his art. In fact John Wayne narrated a special documentary on the artist entitled "Harry Jackson, A Man and His Art" in 1970.
|Dealer||Clive Devenish Antiques|
|Artist/Maker||Harry Jackson (1924-2011)|
|Measurements||18 1/2" high x 21" wide x 14" deep|
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|Contact||Clive Devenish, 510.414.4545 or firstname.lastname@example.org|