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January 23, 2020 06:00 PMCalender

Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011) Pony Express Rider, Bust

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3338B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 24, 2020 12:00PM


Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)

Pony Express Rider, Bust
Signed and dated "Harry Jackson © 72" and numbered "5/100" in the bronze on the back edge beneath the rider's coattails.
Bronze with dark brown patina, height 10 in. (25.4 cm), on a round marble plinth.
Condition: Dust and dirt to interstices.

Provenance: The collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, California.

N.B. In preparation for his Pony Express series of sculptures (1963-1980), Harry Jackson studied Pony Express manuals to confirm the historical clothing and equipment used, striving for the greatest accuracy. However, when it came to the gun, Jackson substituted a large .44 caliber 1851 Navy Colt pistol rather than the smaller gun that was called for in the manual, believing that any experienced rider would opt for the weapon he found most comfortable and reliable. (1)

1. Larry Pointer and Donald Goddard, Harry Jackson (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1981), p. 119.
Estimate $700-900

Plinth measure 1 1/2 inches high and diameter is 4 inches.

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Harry N. Abrams Inc., Donald Goddard, Larry Pointer, Joseph Thomas Alvarez III