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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.


Abilene, Kansas

Abilene, Kansas
Creator: Baker-Co
Date: 1874
An illustration, titled "Abilene in its Glory," of crowds of people at the railroad depot in Abilene, Kansas. Also visible are a train drawn by a steam locomotive, people on foot and on horseback, a telegraph wire, a horse-drawn carriage, and buildings. The illustration was copied from Joseph G. McCoy's Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest, 1874. The illustrator is Henry Worrall.


Abilene in its glory

Abilene in its glory
Creator: Baker-Co
Date: 1874
An illustration of a train of cattle leaving Abilene, Kansas. The illustration was copied from Joseph G. McCoy's Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest, 1874. The illustrator is Henry Worrall


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.


All bound for the Kansas valleys!

All bound for the Kansas valleys!
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
This brochure advertises the sale of five million acres of land by the Kansas Pacific Railroad, along the Kaw, Big Blue, Republican, Smoky Hill, Solomon, Saline, and Victoria Rivers in Kansas. The illustration on the last page may have been drawn by Topeka artist Henry Worrall.


Alliance songster

Alliance songster
Date: Between 1890 and 1897
This Farmer's Alliance pamphlet includes populist political songs used to organize the farm community behind its political banner.


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 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.


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.


Bottle whimsy

Bottle whimsy
Creator: Frederick I. Douglas
Date: 1927
Corked clear-glass milk bottle filled a wooden structure made to resemble a Masonic symbol and painted blue. The artist was Frederick I. Douglas (1871-1933), born in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, and the son of a former slave. Douglas worked as a gristmill operator and chauffeur. Late in life, he took up the craft of assembling sculptures in bottles, a form of folk art known as a bottle whimsy. Douglas began carving in 1927 and died in 1933.


Bottle whimsy

Bottle whimsy
Creator: Frederick I. Douglas
Date: between 1927 and 1933
Corked clear-glass milk bottle containing a carved wooden figure symbolizing the plantation life endured by the artist's father. The artist was Frederick I. Douglas (1871-1933), born in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, and the son of a former slave. Douglas worked as a gristmill operator and chauffeur. Late in life, he took up the craft of assembling sculptures in bottles, a form of folk art known as a bottle whimsy. Douglas began carving in 1927 and died in 1933.


Bottle whimsy

Bottle whimsy
Creator: Frederick I. Douglas
Date: between 1927 and 1933
Carved figure inside a glass bottle, depicting a slave on an auction block. The figure was carved by Frederick I. Douglas to represent a story passed down by his father, Thomas O. Douglas, who had been sold in a similar manner in Tennessee. Thomas Douglas was an Exoduster who settled in Wabaunsee County in 1879. His son Frederick's carvings won ribbons when exhibited at a Topeka fair in 1927.


Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song

Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song
Creator: Van Voorhis, Harvey B.
Date: 1890s
This People's Party campaign song rallies the party for an upcoming political election. Song No. 4, composed by Maj. H.B. Van Voorhis.


Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song

Bryan and Leedy Free Silver Flambeau Club song
Creator: Van Voorhis, Harvey B.
Date: 1890s
This People's Party campaign song rallies the party for an upcoming political election. Song No. 2, composed by Maj. H.B. Van Voorhis.


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.


Camp wagon on the trail

Camp wagon on the trail
Creator: Baker-Co
Date: 1874
This photograph shows an illustration of a camp wagon on the trail. The illustration was copied from Joseph G. McCoy's Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest, 1874. The illustrator is Henry Worrall.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940
This black and white photograph shows the preliminary sketch for 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. On the south side of the archway, Coronado and Padre Padilla, the Franciscan missionary, look across the Kingdom of Quivira as buzzards loom overhead. The mural's dimensions are 22 feet long and 11 1/2 feet high.


Cattle drive of Longhorns

Cattle drive of Longhorns
Creator: Baker-Co
Date: 1874
"Midnight Storm and Stampede" copied from Joseph G. McCoy's Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest, 1874. The illustrator is Henry Worrall.


Cattle in a blizzard on the plains

Cattle in a blizzard on the plains
Date: 1886
This is a photo of a drawing of a herd of cattle in a blizzard drawn by Charles Graham from a sketch by Henry Worrall.


Col. O.W. Wheeler's cattle herd

Col. O.W. Wheeler's cattle herd
Creator: Baker-Co
Date: 1874
View of Col. O. W. Wheeler's herd en route to the Kansas Pacific Railway in 1867. The illustration was copied from "Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade" by Joseph McCoy published in 1874. The illustrator is Henry Worrall.


Dance-House

Dance-House
Creator: Baker-Co
Date: 1874
An illustration of an exuberant dance at a dance house copied from Joseph G. McCoy's Historic Sketches of the Cattle Trade of the West and Southwest, 1874. The illustrator is Henry Worrall.


Dedication of eight mural paintings

Dedication of eight mural paintings
Date: April 30, 1978
This brochure has pictures and descriptions of the eight mural paintings in the Kansas State Capitol and information about the artist, Lumen Martin Winter.


Drouthy Kansas, How Crops In Kansas Panned Out In 1877

Drouthy Kansas, How Crops In Kansas Panned Out In 1877
Creator: Worrall, Henry
Date: 1877
The illustration, Drouthy Kansas, How Crops In Kansas Panned Out In 1877, was drawn by Henry Worrall and published in The Kansas Farmer.


Eagle wheat weaving

Eagle wheat weaving
Creator: Banbury, Joyce
Date: 1986
Wheat weaving artist Joyce Banbury presented this eagle to Governor John Carlin in Topeka on August 18, 1986. The weaving was given on behalf of the Kansas Wheat Commission (KWC) to recognize Governor Carlin's support for wheat producers. Joyce Banbury, of Russell, Kansas, was commissioned by KWC to complete the weaving. She was a skilled artist who wrote books on wheat weaving and was frequently featured in craft magazines. Banbury and her son specialized in growing vintage wheat breeds with long stems suitable for weaving. The eagle took two days to weave and it is made from a vintage hard winter wheat grown by Banbury on her Russell farm.


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