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Frank C. McCarthy - Pony Express -  ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Pony Express
by Frank C. McCarthy

Original Retail Price $595.00

Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 30"w x 20"h.
Published: July 2012

The amazing announcement was made on January 27, 1860. The Central Line railroad would fund what was essentially a magnificent publicity stunt: supplying mail to the desperate gold rushers of the glorified shantytown, Virginia City, Nevada by means of a “Pony Express.” In design it was audacious ¯ carrying correspondence across half the continent in just ten days. In practice, it was a glorious adventure for the courageous (some say foolhardy), daring (some said arrogant) young men who rode the dozens of horses.

To commemorate this audacious moment in American history, artist Frank McCarthy portrayed the lone rider leaping over an arroyo as five Indian braves get too close for comfort. In a single exhilarating image, McCarthy embodies what attracted these Western heroes to the Express in the first place.

“All it was, really, was a horse race,” McCarthy explained. “The Indians weren’t very hostile in most cases. It was just a matter of pride if they could outrace him. But that didn’t happen very often because the Express rider had many way stations, so riders could run their ponies faster for shorter periods of time. In the painting I wanted the feeling of the rider rising up and jumping with the Indians in close pursuit.”

On October 24, 1861, it was all over when the Western and Eastern telegraph lines were joined in Salt Lake City. The San Francisco and New York papers could now exchange reports for half the cost without waiting three weeks for the news to reach them. The Pony Express was superfluous . . . and no more. But it was fun while it lasted.

McCarthy’s trademark sense of suspense, action and excitement are abundant in this wonderful Anniversary release from his award-winning body of work. Get this Fine Art Edition for the brave, adventure-seekers in your life.

Frank C. McCarthy
Frank McCarthy knew from an early age that his passion was art, copying from his favorite comic strips. Encouraged by his parents and art teachers, he enrolled at fourteen in New York’s Art Students League, studying first under George Bridgeman and then under Reginald Marsh. After high school graduation, he studied for three years at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute with a major in illustration. Following his studies, McCarthy embarked on his art career as a commercial illustrator in New York City. He painted illustrations for most of the paperback book publishers, magazines, movie companies and advertisements. He created works that became posters for such movies as the James Bond series. Frank McCarthy’s talents were highly sought-after by art directors enabling him to work as a free lance illustrator for many years. His art career spanned over 50 years, beginning with a request for a western cover for a magazine by an art director. He left the world of commercial art in 1968, and began his fine art career after moving to Sedona, Arizona. Frank McCarthy’s dynamic paintings frequently featured the people of the west with a special emphasis on the Plains Indian, mountain men and cavalry that comprised the lore and lure of the Old West. Appropriately entitled the “Dean of Western Action Painters,” Frank McCarthy’s art was unsurpassed for its motion, drama and absolute attention to accuracy and detail. Highly collected and frequently imitated, Frank McCarthy’s works were treasured throughout the world as classic examples of contemporary Western Art. Retrospective showings of Frank McCarthy’s paintings have been held at the Museum of the Southwest, Midland, Texas; the R.W. Norton Museum in Shreveport, La.; the Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Ok.; and in 1992, at the Cowboy Artist of America Museum (now known as National Center for American Western Art) in Kerrville, Texas. Frank McCarthy was invited to join the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America organization in 1975 and was an active member in the CAA group for 23 years. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997 Three books of his paintings have been published-The Art of Frank C. McCarthy, Frank C. McCarthy, Fifteen Anniversary commemorative and The Old West, a leather-bound Collector’s Edition. More than 100 limited edition art prints of his paintings have been published since 1974 by The Greenwich Workshop. McCarthy passed away in 2002 at his home of 30 years in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.


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