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Tom Lovell - THE LOST RAG DOLL -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          THE LOST RAG DOLL
by Tom Lovell

$225.00

LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Limited Edition of: 1000
Image Size: 27 1/2"w x 18 3/8"h.
Published: July 1989


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When gold was discovered in 1849, thousands of people, mostly single men eager to make a quick fortune, journeyed the Oregon Trail west to California. Before the Gold Rush, from 1845 to 1849, the travelers were mostly families seeking more fertile farmland and a better way of life. They were few in number and consequently not much of a threat to the Cheyenne and other Indians who roamed the plains. For a brief time, white settlers and the Indians lived in relative peace.

This imaginary, but plausible story of "The Lost Rag Doll" takes place during these fleeting, peaceful years. Independence Rock in the background sets the scene - the Oregon Trail along the Sweetwater River in what is today southwest Wyoming. Fresh wheel tracks suggest the recent passing of a wagon train. A Cheyenne scout, a faint smile upon his lips, has found the rag doll that a little girl on the wagon train has left behind. Perhaps he will bring it back to his own daughter, who will cherish it and keep alongside the wooden dolls she made herself.


Tom Lovell
1909 - 1997 A Native American finding a Raggedy Ann doll on a lonely western road. A man teaching his blonde, gingham-dressed, settler wife how to shoot a rifle. A trio of Indians warming their hands over the chimney of a snow-buried cabin in an otherwise empty landscape. These are just three of the stories told through the art of Tom Lovell, considered by his peers one of the deans of Western art. But that’s not all. He was equally famous for his exciting and thought- provoking illustrations for such magazines as Life, The Saturday Evening Post and National Geographic—as well as his stirring images of sweeping Civil War battles which were considered so definitive that they were telecast as part of the famous Public Television documentary on the conflict and published in the accompanying best-selling book. Lovell was the first artist to win the National Academy of Western Art’s highest honor, the Prix de West, twice. He was elected to the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1974 and eventually named a Hall of Fame Laureate. In 1992, he was honored by both the National Academy of Western Art and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a prestigious one-man retrospective show. He has left a lifetime of work that will influence, impress and instill emotion for years to come.

 

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