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Painter, Etcher, Illustrator, b. 1892 - d. 1942

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        • Will James "Sun Up Tales Of The Cow Camps"
          Mar. 23, 2024

          Will James "Sun Up Tales Of The Cow Camps"

          Est: $200 - $400

          Featured in this lot is “Sun Up: Tales of the Cow Camps” by Will James, Grosset & Dunlap, New York, publishers, 1930, illustrated by the author. A collection of sixteen stories of young men learning the ropes of cowboy lifestyle, with characters coming-of-age, proving their skill, and even falling in love. Includes some of James' best stories from his previous work along with seven original stories, all accompanied by the author's lively illustrations. William Roderick James was a Canadian-American artist and writer of the American West, writing numerous "cowboy" stories for adults and children. His artwork, which predominantly involved cowboy and rodeo scenes, followed "in the tradition of Charles Russell", and much of it was used to illustrate his books. In 1992, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This tan clothbound gold gilt hardcover book is in very nice condition. Intact pages exhibit age tanning, no other marring observed. Original paper dustjacket is in good condition, protected by clear mylar cover. Measures 5.5"W x 8.25"L x 1"D.

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        • 1931 Will James Montana Signed Check
          Mar. 02, 2024

          1931 Will James Montana Signed Check

          Est: $100 - $150

          Will Roderick James (1892 - 1942) was active/lived in Montana, California, Quebec / Canada. Will James is known for Book illustration, western horse -genre painting. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

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        • Will James Montana Photo Tona Freeman Blake
          Mar. 02, 2024

          Will James Montana Photo Tona Freeman Blake

          Est: $100 - $150

          Taken by Tona Freeman Blake, Augusta Montana. 9" by 12" on matte. Will Roderick James (1892 - 1942) was active/lived in Montana, California, Quebec / Canada. Will James is known for Book illustration, western horse -genre painting. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

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        • 1926 Will James Photo Montana Signed
          Mar. 02, 2024

          1926 Will James Photo Montana Signed

          Est: $200 - $300

          Signed on the Back Will James. Dated August 13 1926. 8" by 10". Will Roderick James (1892 - 1942) was active/lived in Montana, California, Quebec / Canada. Will James is known for Book illustration, western horse -genre painting. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

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        • Will James Randolph Scott Lone Cowboy Photo
          Mar. 02, 2024

          Will James Randolph Scott Lone Cowboy Photo

          Est: $200 - $300

          Lone Cowboy in triplicate. Will James, Author Artist of cowboy life, reads over his best seller, Lone Cowboy with Randolph Scott, who will play the title role in the Paramount's filmization. The book is James autobiography and is the first of a series to be brought to the screen. It will be made on James Montana Ranch. 8" by 10" Will Roderick James (1892 - 1942) was active/lived in Montana, California, Quebec / Canada. Will James is known for Book illustration, western horse -genre painting. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • Will James Big Enough Horse Photo Montana
          Mar. 02, 2024

          Will James Big Enough Horse Photo Montana

          Est: $200 - $300

          Will James and the horse that gave him the idea for his new book, Big Enough, which Charles Scribner's Sons have just published. Dated 1931. A rare image of the Cowboy Artist. 4 1/2" by 6 1/4". Will Roderick James (1892 - 1942) was active/lived in Montana, California, Quebec / Canada. Will James is known for Book illustration, western horse -genre painting. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • Will Roderick James (1892-1942), "Smoky" When His Heart Was Bad
          Feb. 17, 2024

          Will Roderick James (1892-1942), "Smoky" When His Heart Was Bad

          Est: $10,000 - $20,000

          Title: "Smoky" When His Heart Was Bad Dimensions: 24 3/4 x 18 5/8 Framed Dimensions: 36 3/8 x 30 1/4 x 7/8 Signature: signed and dated lower right: Will James III '27

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • Will James (1892-1942), Young Cowboy Scout
          Sep. 16, 2023

          Will James (1892-1942), Young Cowboy Scout

          Est: $2,000 - $4,000

          Title: Young Cowboy Scout Dimensions: 11 x 9 Framed/base dimensions: 16 1/8 x 14 1/4 x 3/4 Signature: signed lower right: Will James titled lower right: Young Cowboy Scout

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • Will James (1982-1942), Come to Rest
          Sep. 16, 2023

          Will James (1982-1942), Come to Rest

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Title: Come to Rest Dimensions: 10 x 12 1/2 Framed/base dimensions: 14 x 17 1/2 x 1 Signature: signed and dated lower left: Will James '34 titled lower center: Come to Rest

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • Will James (1892-1942), Handwritten Letter and Drawing to Friend Jack
          Sep. 16, 2023

          Will James (1892-1942), Handwritten Letter and Drawing to Friend Jack

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Title: Handwritten Letter and Drawing to Friend Jack Dimensions: drawing: 8 x 7 1/4 Framed/base dimensions: 33 3/8 x 19 1/2 x 1 3/4 Signature: signed letter: Sep 15, ‘27, Bill James

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • Will James (1892-1942), Handwritten Letter and Drawing to Friend Charlie
          Sep. 16, 2023

          Will James (1892-1942), Handwritten Letter and Drawing to Friend Charlie

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Title: Handwritten Letter and Drawing to Friend Charlie Dimensions: drawing: 7 1/2 x 9 3/4 Framed/base dimensions: 33 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 1 3/4 Signature: signed: letter: May 14, 1933, Bill James, drawing: Best Wishes, Will James ‘31

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • WILL JAMES PEN AND INK DRAWING BOOK ILLUSTRATED
          Jul. 29, 2023

          WILL JAMES PEN AND INK DRAWING BOOK ILLUSTRATED

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          19 5/8" by 15 3/8" framed. Illustrated in the book In the Saddle with Uncle Bill by Will James. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • WILL JAMES PENCIL DRAWING BOOK ILLUSTRATED
          Jun. 17, 2023

          WILL JAMES PENCIL DRAWING BOOK ILLUSTRATED

          Est: $1,500 - $2,000

          21 1/2" by 29" framed. Illustrated in the book In the Saddle with Uncle Bill by Will James. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • WILL JAMES PEN AND INK DRAWINGS BOOK ILLUSTRATED
          Jun. 17, 2023

          WILL JAMES PEN AND INK DRAWINGS BOOK ILLUSTRATED

          Est: $1,500 - $2,000

          19 5/8" by 15 3/8" framed. Illustrated in the book In the Saddle with Uncle Bill by Will James. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • WILL JAMES PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS 1892-1942
          Jun. 02, 2023

          WILL JAMES PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS 1892-1942

          Est: $25 - $50

          Yellowstone Art Center.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • Will Roderick James (Canadian/American, 1892-1942) All in a Day's Riding, 1932
          May. 04, 2023

          Will Roderick James (Canadian/American, 1892-1942) All in a Day's Riding, 1932

          Est: $2,000 - $4,000

          Will Roderick James (Canadian/American, 1892-1942) All in a Day's Riding, 1932 ink on paper signed Will James and dated (lower left) 10 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches Property from an Estate, Sold to Benefit the Wichita Art Museum

          Hindman
        • Will Roderick James (Canadian/American, 1892-1942) Heading for Another Cow Camp, 1934
          May. 04, 2023

          Will Roderick James (Canadian/American, 1892-1942) Heading for Another Cow Camp, 1934

          Est: $2,000 - $4,000

          Will Roderick James (Canadian/American, 1892-1942) Heading for Another Cow Camp, 1934 charcoal on paper signed Will James and dated (lower left); dedicated, signed and dated 1940 (lower right) 9 x 13 1/2 inches. Property from an Estate, Sold to Benefit the Wichita Art Museum

          Hindman
        • Will Roderick James (American 1892 - 1942): Ten Western Prints
          Feb. 16, 2023

          Will Roderick James (American 1892 - 1942): Ten Western Prints

          Est: $200 - $300

          copyright 1924, Charles Scribner's Sons; each framed under glass in a custom ebonized wood frame

          Abell Auction
        • WILL JAMES DRAWING STEER TOSSING WOLF MONTANA
          Apr. 30, 2022

          WILL JAMES DRAWING STEER TOSSING WOLF MONTANA

          Est: $1,500 - $2,000

          Very nice pen and ink drawing. Action packed scene. 14.5" by 16.5" framed. Joseph Ernest Nephtali Dufault, later to be known as Will James, was born on June 6, 1892, in Quebec, Canada. Known for both his writing and his precise pencil drawings, Will's drawing experiences began on his mother's kitchen floor. At a young age, he departed Canada and traveled to the United States, working and drifting primarily as a cowboy. He served in the army and soon began selling his sketches. In 1920 he married, and shortly after that, he had a brief period of study at Yale University, but that enrollment was short lived because he felt closed in by the environment and missed his wife Alice. During that time, he painted the occasional still life, which was atypical of him. His writing career began when he sent in an essay, accompanied with illustrations, to the New York offices of Scribner's. His easy-going and casual style, with drawings, provided a combination that editor Maxwell Perkins liked. (Perkins also worked with Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other notables) James' pencil drawings were precise and depicted his own experiences as a cowboy. His first novel, Smoky, was introduced in 1926 and won the Newberry medal for literature from the American Library Association. He also produced an oil by the same name, again his most famous and recognized work. Two years later his first writing of Bucking Horse Riders was sold, and since then has never been out of print. His last book, "The American Cowboy" was written in 1942. He wrote and illustrated 23 books in all, with appeal to a wide audience. His art appeared in the pages of books and periodicals, as well as illustrating the works of other authors. Will James spent his latter years at his home in Billings, Montana, and on his ranch, the "Rocking R Ranch", at Pryor Creek, Montana. During his lifetime, he was fortunate to watch his popularity grow, as he witnessed movies made from his books. Despite his popularity and success as a novelist and artist, James had a tragic life. He served a short prison term for rustling, experienced an unpleasant marriage, and had a severe alcohol dependency. His life ended at an early age of 50 in 1942.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • Will James (1892-1942) Signed Framed Photograph
          Mar. 19, 2022

          Will James (1892-1942) Signed Framed Photograph

          Est: $250 - $500

          Featured in this lot is this signed framed photograph of Will James (born 1892 and died 1942). The photograph is of acclaimed Canadian-American artist and writer of the American West and is well known for writing numerous books, including "Smoky the Cowhorse”, which won the 1927 Newbery Medal. The condition of this framed photograph is good, with no obvious signs of damage to the photograph or the frame. The measurements of this famed photograph are 15" x 12" and the visible art measures 9" x 7 1/4".

          North American Auction Company
        • 1927 Cow Country by Will James
          Mar. 19, 2022

          1927 Cow Country by Will James

          Est: $200 - $400

          Featured in this lot is this 1927 copy of “Cow Country” by Will James. The book features a story about a high-class foreigner who bought a cow outfit and tried to turn it into his idea of what it should be. Will James (June 6, 1892 - September 3, 1942) was a French-Canadian artist and writer of the American West. The condition of this book is fair, with very minor signs of damage. There is some damage to the dust cover consistent with the age of the book. The measurements of this book are 8 1/4" x 5 3/4".

          North American Auction Company
        • Will James 1942 Cowboy in The Making Book w/ Dust Jacket Illustrated FIRST EDITION
          Nov. 22, 2021

          Will James 1942 Cowboy in The Making Book w/ Dust Jacket Illustrated FIRST EDITION

          Est: -

          New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons. It contains 91 pages. Please ask specific questions on details, condition, and shipping prior to bidding, ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS IS, and the bidder will be responsible for payment. We box and ship what we can to keep costs low, and use USPS and UPS. Large items, extremely fragile, and high value items will be packed by UPS. Quotes available on request

          One Source Auctions
        • Cowboy in the Making by Will James 1st Ed. 1937
          Sep. 11, 2021

          Cowboy in the Making by Will James 1st Ed. 1937

          Est: $150 - $300

          Included in this lot is a first edition 'Cowboy in the Making' by Will James. Will James (June 6, 1892 - September 3, 1942) was a French Canadian artist and writer of the American West. He is known for writing “Smoky the Cowhorse”, for which he won the 1927 Newbery Medal, and numerous "cowboy" stories for adults and children. His artwork, which predominantly involved cowboy and rodeo scenes, followed "in the tradition of Charles Russell", and much of it was used to illustrate his books. This book is about a young orphan boy who finds companionship with his horses and an old trapper as they travel together through the Rocky Mountains of the Old West. This book is in good condition, showing some liquid damage to cover of the book. The book measures 9 1/2" x 7 1/4" x 3/4".

          North American Auction Company
        • 1942 1st Ed. The American Cowboy by Will James
          Sep. 11, 2021

          1942 1st Ed. The American Cowboy by Will James

          Est: $250 - $500

          Featured in this lot is this 1942 first edition copy of “The American Cowboy” by Will James. The book's story begins with the first cowboy, during the 1830's—as a boy, he rode bareback and barefooted, taking a few domesticated cows home in the evenings. This is the saga of the American cowboy. The book is illustrated by the author and shows an orange-reddish cloth cover with blue lettering for the title and the author’s signature. The condition of this book is good, with no obvious signs of damage and some wear and browning to the pages consistent with the age of the book. The measurements of this book are 8 1/2" x 6".

          North American Auction Company
        • WILL JAMES (1892-1942) A FRIST EDITION BOOK, "Lone Cowboy, My Life Story," NEW YORK, AUGUST 1930,
          Jun. 12, 2021

          WILL JAMES (1892-1942) A FRIST EDITION BOOK, "Lone Cowboy, My Life Story," NEW YORK, AUGUST 1930,

          Est: $150 - $250

          WILL JAMES (1892-1942) A FRIST EDITION BOOK, "Lone Cowboy, My Life Story," NEW YORK, AUGUST 1930, vignettes by the artist author, from the library of "Zane Grey," blind stamp in relief, with dust jacket.  8 1/2" x 6" Provenance: The Antiquarian Shop, Scottsdale, Arizona.

          Simpson Galleries, LLC
        • WILL RODERICK JAMES (1892 - 1942): "BUCKING BRONCO"
          Feb. 21, 2021

          WILL RODERICK JAMES (1892 - 1942): "BUCKING BRONCO"

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          1932 1932 pencil on cloth signed, dated and inscribed lower left, "To Cecil De Mille / Will James / '32" 11 1/2 x 15 inches sight

          Abell Auction
        • Too Handy With Front Feet by Will James (1892-1942)
          Sep. 19, 2020

          Too Handy With Front Feet by Will James (1892-1942)

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Will James (1892-1942), pen on paper, 8 1/2 x 8 (sight), signed lower left: WILL JAMES titled lower center: -TOO HANDY WITH FRONT FEET-

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • WILL JAMES. "Old [Boogie ?] Red." [WESTERN ART / HORSE / COWBOY]
          Jul. 16, 2020

          WILL JAMES. "Old [Boogie ?] Red." [WESTERN ART / HORSE / COWBOY]

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          WILL JAMES. "Old [Boogie ?] Red." Chapter header illustration for James' fictionalized autobiography Lone Cowboy: My Life Story (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930, chapter 26). Ink and wash on board. 60x174 mm; 2 1/2x7 inches, on 4 1/4x 7 1/2-inch board. Signed "Will James" and dated [19]30 in lower center image; titled on verso. Matted and framed.

          Swann Auction Galleries
        • Group of Lithographs, James, Macoullard, Eggenhoffer, Warren
          May. 30, 2020

          Group of Lithographs, James, Macoullard, Eggenhoffer, Warren

          Est: $300 - $500

          Group of Lithographs Will James (1892 - 1942) Two Prints - Bucking Bronc offset lithograph signed in plate lower left: WILL JAMES '37 /  �   Dimensions: 20 x 16 in Louis Macoullard (1913 - 1987) Stagecoach Arriving, Mother Load offset lithograph Dimensions: 14 x 12 in Matted Dimensions: 22 1/2 x 16 3/8 in Nick Eggenhoffer (1897 - 1985) Stage in Trouble lithograph, edition 924 of 1000 editioned and signed lower right: 924 N. EGGENHOFFER Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 23 in Melvin C. Warren (1920 - 1995) Clearing Skies and Willing Horses lithograph signed and dated lower left: Melvin C. Warren 9/28/66 Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 22 1/4 in (sight)  Framed Dimensions: 25 7/8 x 30 5/8 x 1 in letter attached to verso:  Nov. 28, 1966 Dear Raymond Brown, I have mailed to you under separate cover 40 lithographs named (Clearing Skies and Willing Horses) Each of these color lithographs have been retouched by the artist.  Melvin C. Warren Frank McCarthy War Party, 1978 offset lithograph, edition 127 of 1000 signed and editioned in ink lower left: McCarthy 127/1000  signed and dated in plate lower right: McCarthy CA (cojoined) / � 1978 Dimensions: 12 x 9 in Framed Dimensions: 20 x 16 3/4 x 3/4 in Provenance:  A Private Family Foundation* *All proceeds of sale from this artwork benefit a private charitable foundation (501c3) dedicated to supporting local arts communities and families in need.

          Santa Fe Art Auction
        • Original Will James (1892-1942) Drawing c. 1924
          Jan. 11, 2020

          Original Will James (1892-1942) Drawing c. 1924

          Est: $1,000 - $2,000

          This is an original work of art pen and ink drawing by Will James showing a western Cowboy attempting to lasso a bicycle done in circa 1924. The artwork is done on paper and shows a quadriptych (four part) cartoonist like design showing first a cowboy on horse back coming upon a rider-less bicycle; second attempting to lasso the speeding off bike; third the horse rearing up as the bike has been roped; and fourth and lastly the cowboy sits defeated on the ground next to his horse watching a puff of smoke as the rider-less bike speeds off into the distance. The back of the drawing shows a ledger of Will James year of 1924 and his expected incomes from various book illustrations and advanced royalties for one of his books coming out to $2,830. This piece was part of the original 2001 Snook Estate Auction and was mentioned as being part of the sale by the Billings Gazette. Will James was a close friend of the Snook Family and was known to be a constant visitor to their Billings, Montana Ranch along with Charles M. Russell. The artwork measures 10 7/8” by 8 3/8”.

          North American Auction Company
        • Will James | Get Along Big Boy
          Nov. 08, 2019

          Will James | Get Along Big Boy

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Artist: Will James | 1892-1942 Title: Get Along Big Boy Signed l/l: Will James Signed l/c: Get Along Big Boy Media: Pencil on paper Dimensions: 9 by 12 inches Condition: Very Good Condition Details: This piece is in very good condition. With the unaided eye, there are no issues. Closer inspection under ultraviolet light reveals no issues and no signs of restoration. The work is mounted under glass and has not been inspected out of the frame. The piece is framed in a black frame with a cream matting. The frame is in very good condition with normal wear. On the back of the piece, the artist has written “ Big -Enough came along, fastened his teeth on the big horses withers, handed him a couple of kicks and started him away in a hurry” page 91”

          Altermann Galleries
        • Matched
          Sep. 14, 2019

          Matched

          Est: $7,000 - $10,000

          Will James (1892-1942), charcoal on paperboard, 15 1/2 x 13, signed lower left

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • My First Horse
          Sep. 14, 2019

          My First Horse

          Est: $6,000 - $9,000

          Will James (1892-1942), charcoal and watercolor on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 3/4, signed lower right

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • Stub Latigo at Work
          Sep. 14, 2019

          Stub Latigo at Work

          Est: $7,000 - $10,000

          Will James (1892-1942), pencil on paperboard, 14 x 11, signed lower left

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • William Moyers | Loser Buys the Drinks
          May. 31, 2019

          William Moyers | Loser Buys the Drinks

          Est: $1,500 - $3,500

          Artist: William Moyers | 1916-2010 CAA Title: Loser Buys the Drinks Inscribed on base: © 1971 Wm. Moyers A&S USA 12/30 Media: Bronze Dimensions: 12 by 18 by 10 inches

          Altermann Galleries
        • W. JAMES - Five Ink Drawings
          Dec. 09, 2018

          W. JAMES - Five Ink Drawings

          Est: $3,000 - $6,000

          Will James (1892-1942) Five Ink Drawings, a.signed lower right: WILL JAMES

          Santa Fe Art Auction
        • Illustration for "Sand" by Will James
          Sep. 15, 2018

          Illustration for "Sand" by Will James

          Est: $7,000 - $10,000

          Will James (1892-1942), charcoal on paper, 20 x 15, signed lower left

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • Bronc Rider by Will James
          Sep. 15, 2018

          Bronc Rider by Will James

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          Will James (1892-1942), watercolor and pencil on paper, 20 x 15, signed lower left

          Jackson Hole Art Auction
        • WILL JAMES (American 1892-1942) A DRAWING, "Prospectors Camp,"
          May. 19, 2018

          WILL JAMES (American 1892-1942) A DRAWING, "Prospectors Camp,"

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          WILL JAMES (American 1892-1942) A DRAWING, "Prospectors Camp," pencil on paper, signed L/L. 8 /12" x 12"

          Simpson Galleries, LLC
        • Will Sparks (1862 - 1937) Mission Chapel, Santa Fe
          Mar. 18, 2018

          Will Sparks (1862 - 1937) Mission Chapel, Santa Fe

          Est: -

          A wonderful oil on board, by well listed artist. Sight area measures 8" x 12" and frame measures 12.5" by 16.5" for perspective. Artist note / tile on reverse reads Mission Chapel - near Santa Fe New Mexico in pencil. As found framed, under glass. Has been inspected. Approx. Ship Weight: 5lbs. Keywords: Art; Ref: JE13378

          J Levine Auction & Appraisal LLC
        • James, Will (1892-1942) "Can Never Tell By The Size"
          Jan. 20, 2018

          James, Will (1892-1942) "Can Never Tell By The Size"

          Est: $4,000 - $6,000

          James, Will (1892-1942) "Can Never Tell By The Size"

          Scottsdale Art Auction, LLC
        • James, Will (1892-1942) "Stepping Into A Water Trap"
          Jan. 20, 2018

          James, Will (1892-1942) "Stepping Into A Water Trap"

          Est: $3,500 - $5,000

          James, Will (1892-1942) "Stepping Into A Water Trap"

          Scottsdale Art Auction, LLC
        • WILLIAM R. JAMES (1892-1942) BUCKING BRONCO,
          Jun. 10, 2017

          WILLIAM R. JAMES (1892-1942) BUCKING BRONCO,

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          William R. James (1892-1942) Bucking Bronco, 1926 Charcoal on board 26 x 22 inches (66.0 x 55.9 cm) Signed and dated lower left: Will James / III - 26 - HID04901242017

          Heritage Auctions
        • Lone Cowboy - My Life Story - Will James
          Apr. 22, 2017

          Lone Cowboy - My Life Story - Will James

          Est: $100 - $200

          Lone Cowboy - My Life Will James Illustrations Will James Dated: 1935 Pages Scribner Size: 8to Binding Hardcover Type: Biography Subject: Western Americana Notes: Will James (June 6, 1892 - September 3, 1942) was an artist and writer of the American West. He is known for writing Smoky the Cowhorse, for which he won the 1927 Newbery Medal. Condition Report Some rubbing front pastedown else Very Good.

          Orange County Estate Liquidators
        • Lone Cowboy - My Life Story - Will James
          Jan. 09, 2017

          Lone Cowboy - My Life Story - Will James

          Est: $100 - $200

          Lone Cowboy - My Life Will James Illustration Will James Dated: 1935 Publisher: Scribner Size: 8to Binding Hardcover Subject: Western Americana Type: Biography Notes: Will James (June 6, 1892 - September 3, 1942) was an artist and writer of the American West. He is known for writing Smoky the Cowhorse, for which he won the 1927 Newbery Medal. Condition Report Some rubbing front pastedown else Very Good.

          Orange County Estate Liquidators
        • Lone Cowboy - My Life Story - Will James
          Dec. 19, 2016

          Lone Cowboy - My Life Story - Will James

          Est: $100 - $200

          Lone Cowboy - My Life Will James Illustration Will James Dated: 1935 Publisher: Scribner Size: 8to Binding Hardcover Subject: Western Americana Type: Biography Notes: Will James (June 6, 1892 - September 3, 1942) was an artist and writer of the American West. He is known for writing Smoky the Cowhorse, for which he won the 1927 Newbery Medal. Condition Report Some rubbing front pastedown else Very Good.

          Orange County Estate Liquidators
        • Will James | In the Saloon
          Dec. 02, 2016

          Will James | In the Saloon

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          Artist: Will James | 1892 - 1942 Title: In the Saloon Signed l/l: Will James Media: Graphite on paper Dimensions: 11 1/2 by 9 inches

          Altermann Galleries
        • Will James | Prospectors Camp
          Dec. 02, 2016

          Will James | Prospectors Camp

          Est: $2,500 - $3,500

          Artist: Will James | 1892 - 1942 Title: Prospectors Camp Signed l/l: Will James Media: Graphite on paper Dimensions: 8 1/2 by 12 inches

          Altermann Galleries
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