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[Buffalo Bill] — Prowse, Robert, Jr. [artist] 
TWO ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS, "BUAFFALO BILL AND THE BORDER BANDITS" AND "BUCKSKIN SAM IN MEXICO", FROM THE BUFFALO BILL NOVELS. [1913 AND 1916] 
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
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[Buffalo Bill] — Prowse, Robert, Jr. [artist] 
TWO ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS, "BUAFFALO BILL AND THE BORDER BANDITS" AND "BUCKSKIN SAM IN MEXICO", FROM THE BUFFALO BILL NOVELS. [1913 AND 1916] 
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography

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New York

[Buffalo Bill] — Prowse, Robert, Jr. [artist] 
TWO ORIGINAL WATERCOLORS, "BUAFFALO BILL AND THE BORDER BANDITS" AND "BUCKSKIN SAM IN MEXICO", FROM THE BUFFALO BILL NOVELS. [1913 AND 1916] 
Watercolor and gauche on card (image sizes: 9 1/16 x in.; 230 x 208 mm, and 9 1/2 x 8 7/8 in.; 245 x 225 mm), signed "R.P./.13" and "R.P./.16". 

Corners of card chipped, very small amount of loss to lower border of second image.


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Catalogue Note

Two original watercolors signed by Robert Prowse, cover artist and illustrator for the Aldine Publishing Company, London, and Beadle and Adams, New York. The paintings present here depict the escapades of Buffalo Bill and Buckskin Sam (or Noble Sam). 

First introduced in 1860 by publishers Beadle and Adams, the dime novel exploited cheap printing, and a broader reading public desirous of sensational tales. The adventures of Buffalo Bill—who was already a legendary figure and international celebrity by the time such publications had reached the height of their fashion—fulfilled many of the desired narrative tropes of the genre. The Buffalo Bill Novels were published from 1916 to 1932 by the Aldine Publishing Company, and ran for 342 issues.

Notably, the now iconic images of adventurous frontier life established through such periodicals—and present here—proved to be an essential source in the later development of the western film aesthetic.    

Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography

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New York