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$5,000 Reward, Dead or Alive!

$5,000 Reward, Dead or Alive!
Creator: Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909
Date: Between 1898 and 1902
View of "$5,000 Reward, Dead or Alive!" drawing by Frederic Remington.


A Christmas carol

A Christmas carol
Creator: Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909
Date: Between 1898 and 1902
View of "A Christmas Carol" drawing by Frederic Remington.


A Glimpse of the Smoky Hills

A Glimpse of the Smoky Hills
Creator: Coy Avon Seward
Date: 1927
Black lithographed scene on tan kid finish Bristol paper. Depicts the Smoky Hills of Kansas through an arch formed by trees. The artist was Coy Avon Seward (1884-1939), born in Chase, Kansas, and trained at both Washburn and Bethany colleges. Seward was a founding member of the Prairie Print Makers Association. This group believed art should be affordable for all people, not just collectors. Seward produced this print in 1927.


A Kansas Wheatfield

A Kansas Wheatfield
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1923
This artwork is a black ink on rice paper woodcut showing a field of haycocks at dusk or dawn. A Kansas Wheatfield was drawn by Herschel C. Logan, who was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Winfield, Kansas. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for one year. Logan was a commercial and advertising artist in Salina, Kansas, until his retirement in 1968. He was a member of the Prairie Print Makers. After retirement, Logan moved to Santa Ana, California.


Admiral Byrd

Admiral Byrd
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1936
A black ink on rag paper woodcut, portrait of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr. in dress uniform by Herschel Logan. A member of the Prairie Printmakers, Logan executed this work in 1936. He was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri, and the family moved shortly afterwards to Winfield, Kansas. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as an advertising artist in Salina until his retirement in 1968. Logan moved to Santa Ana, California, where he died on December 8, 1987.


Adolph Roenigk

Adolph Roenigk
Date: Between 1932 and 1938
Photograph of Adolph Roenigk (1847-1938) of Lincoln County, Kansas. He wrote the book, Pioneer History of Kansas, in 1933.


Albert T. Reid

Albert T. Reid
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1917
Albert T. Reid, 1873-1958, is a native of Cloud County. He is posing in front of an easel with a drawing of a WWI soldier who looks like James C. Hughes. A prominent political cartoonist, Reid also was an editor and publisher of newspapers in Topeka and Leavenworth, a prosperous businessman, a composer, and a painter of murals. In the 1890s he opened an art school in Topeka. It is in Topeka that he would have made contact with James White Frierson Hughes, the father of James Clark Hughes. James WF Hughes was the last mayor of Potwin and later a mayor of Topeka. James Clark Hughes was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, and served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese P.O.W. camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Albert T. Reid

Albert T. Reid
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: 1917
Albert T. Reid, 1873-1958, is a native of Cloud County. He is posing in front of an easel with a drawing of a WWI soldier who looks like James C. Hughes. A prominent political cartoonist, Reid also was an editor and publisher of newspapers in Topeka and Leavenworth, a prosperous businessman, a composer, and a painter of murals. In the 1890s he opened an art school in Topeka. It is in Topeka that he would have made contact with James White Frierson Hughes, the father of James Clark Hughes. James WF Hughes was the last mayor of Potwin and later a mayor of Topeka. James Clark Hughes was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, and served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese P.O.W. camps. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Albert Turner Reid

Albert Turner Reid
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
A photograph showing Albert Turner Reid drawing in his studio. Reid was a successful businessman, a staunch supporter of the American farmer, a composer, a painter of murals and a teacher of art. The art school which he started with George Stone in Topeka was the beginning of Washburn University's Art Department. Although a talented artist and successful newspaper publisher, Albert T. Reid is probably best remembered for his political cartoons. Reid sold his first cartoon to the Topeka Mail & Breeze in 1896. For the next 30 years, his cartoons appeared regularly in Kansas City, Chicago, and New York newspapers and several national magazines. They remain today a major contribution to the history of American politics. A large collection of his work is in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society.


Amelia Earhart sculpture

Amelia Earhart sculpture
Creator: Felten, Peter F., Jr.
Date: between 1979 and 1981
Small plaster bust of aviatrix Amelia Earhart by Kansas artist Peter "Fritz" Felten, Jr. The model is associated with the 1981 installation of statues in the Kansas statehouse rotunda. A special committee selected Felten from Hays, Kansas, as the sculptor of statues depicting four notable Kansans--Arthur Capper, Earhart, Dwight Eisenhower, and William Allen White. Felten created this small model and three others to demonstrate his design concept. Originally from Atchison, Kansas, Amelia Earhart was a noted American aviation pioneer, author, and celebrity who vanished in a 1937 flight around the world.


Andrew H. Reeder portrait

Andrew H. Reeder portrait
Creator: Hall, Cyrenius
Date: 1880
Portrait of Andrew Horatio Reeder, 1807-1864, who was the first governor of Kansas Territory. In 1855, Reeder was removed from office by President Pierce and forced to leave Kansas when threatened with arrest for a charge of high treason issued by a pro-slavery grand jury. He escaped with the help of Thomas and Julia Stinson, who dressed him in women's clothing. In May 1856, Reeder disguised himself as a woodcutter (as depicted in this painting) and escaped via a steamboat on the Missouri River. Artist Cyrenius Hall painted this portrait in 1880.


Art at Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas

Art at Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas
Date: February 1961
Examples of the art therapy and art therapists. The Menninger Clinic philosophy of treatment was the bio-psycho-social approach. This philosophy of treatment integrated medical, psychodynamic, developmental, and family systems to treat the total health of patients. Many types of therapy were available to fit the needs and interests of the person.


August Ohst

August Ohst
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
Three photographs of artist August Ohst from Alma, Kansas. In addition to oil paintings, Ohst was known for stenciling and mural work on walls and ceilings of homes.


Autumn

Autumn
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1924
A sepia, orange and beige ink on paper woodcut of a one and a half story house by Herschel Logan. One of the Prairie Printmakers, Logan executed this work in 1924, claiming this was his only three-color block print. Logan was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri, and the family moved to Winfield, Kansas shortly afterwards. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He worked as an advertising artist in Salina until he retired in 1968. He moved to Santa Ana, California in his retirement, where he died on December 8, 1987.


Avis Chitwood

Avis Chitwood
Creator: The Elite
Date: Between 1898 and 1905
This is a portrait of Avis Chitwood as a child. Avis was born in Mound City, December 29, 1893, and died in Topeka, January 25, 1994, at the age of 100. She is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka. She was a teacher, painter, illustrator, printmaker, and etcher. She specialized in rustic buildings, wildflowers, and missions.


Avis Chitwood's dress

Avis Chitwood's dress
Date: between 1897 and 1900
This childhood dress of Avis Chitwood is made of brown and rust-colored silk. Chitwood grew up in Mound City, Kansas, and took an early interest in art. As she aged, she took classes in watercolor and china painting, etching, and architectural design. The works she produced were displayed in exhibitions and won awards and honors. One of her etchings was displayed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Chitwood gave this dress to her niece, Janice Gartrell, who donated it to the museum.


Avis Chitwood and Janice Gartrell

Avis Chitwood and Janice Gartrell
Date: 1993
A photograph of Avis Chitwood and her niece Janice Gartrell. Avis was born in Mound City, December 29, 1893 and died in Topeka, January 25, 1994 at the age of 100. She is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas. She was a teacher, painter, illustrator, printmaker, and etcher, specializing in rustic buildings, wildflowers, and missions. Janice, b.1920, d.2009, was the daughter of Milton Paul Gartrell, b.1876, d.1959 and Edna Chitwood Gartrell, Avis Chitwood's sister.


Back Porch

Back Porch
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1928
A black ink on rice paper woodcut of a porch with a wooden crate sitting on it, by Herschel Logan. One of the Prairie Printmakers, Logan executed this work in 1928 from a photo in his files. He was born april 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri, and the family moved to Winfield, Kansas shortly afterwards. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Logan worked as an advertising artist in Salina until his retirement in 1968. He moved to Santa Ana, California, in his retirement, where he died on December 8, 1987.


Battle of the Blue

Battle of the Blue
Creator: Mileham, Benjamin D.
Date: 1896
This painting depicts the Battle of Byram's Ford (a.k.a. Battle of the Big Blue), which took place on October 22, 1864, in Jackson County, Missouri. During the battle, the 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia, which was aided by the Topeka Battery of Artillery, fought the Confederate forces of Sterling Price. Captain Ross Burns commanded that artillery battery. Ross may have commissioned artist Benjamin Mileham to execute this painting. Mrs. Ross Burns later donated it the Shawnee County Commissioners and the Grand Army of Republic in memory of her then deceased husband.


Birger Sandzen

Birger Sandzen
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
This is an informal portrait of artist Birger Sandzen, 1871-1954, seated in his Lindsborg, Kansas, study with samples of his artwork and art collection.


Bison, Central Plains

Bison, Central Plains
Creator: Shipshee, Louis
Date: between 1916 and 1975
Oil painting of bison by Louis ShipShee, a Potawatomi Indian chief and artist. ShipShee was born August 11, 1896, on the Potawatomi Reservation near Mayetta, Jackson County, Kansas. He was a self-taught artist, know throughout the United States and Europe. He was an instructor at Haskell Indian College from 1932 to 1938, and lived in Topeka from 1952 until his death on June 17, 1975. Provenance of the painting suggests that it was given to Alf Landon by the artist.


Butterfly illustration

Butterfly illustration
Creator: Howe, William H.
Date: 1949
Preliminary scientific butterfly illustration drawn by Ottawa artist William H. Howe (1928-2009), who spent a lifetime drawing butterflies. Howe's interest in insects surfaced as a boy in California, when he witnessed the metamorphosis of several caterpillars brought home by his entomologist father. Howe then assisted his father in collecting butterflies on scientific expeditions. After graduating from Ottawa University with a degree in biology in 1952, Howe attended the Kansas City Art Institute. Howe illustrated two books and displayed his art at libraries and art centers in Lawrence, Topeka, and Ottawa. According to Howe, this sketch shows his shift away from the inclusion of background, and a return to careful delineation of the butterflies themselves.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the homestead and the building of barb wire fences. These panels were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketches by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946), for the rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. The sketches are a reflection of the sacrifice of life on the Santa Fe Trail and the oil field industry and were to be commissioned into murals for the second chapter in the state's history. However, the proposals never became a reality because of the controversy surrounding Curry's earlier projects "Tragic Prelude" and the "Kansas Pastoral" which illustrated the first and third chapters in the state's history on the second-floor of the capitol.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary work on a portion of the statehouse mural entitled "Tragic Prelude" by Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry, (1897-1946). Located north of the archway on the second-floor of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas, the mural illustrates a bison hunter with a slain bison and thundering herds of bison in the background. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


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