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Painter, Illustrator, b. 1874 - d. 1939

Artist Frank Tenney Johnson specialized in idealized imagery of Western America, and he apprenticed under former Texas Ranger Richard Lorenz. Through his sketches and oil paintings of cowboys, horses, and Native American culture, he built a solid reputation for his realistic artwork. Building on his success with capturing wildlife and nature, painter Frank Tenney Johnson developed a relationship with popular magazine Field & Stream.

Artist Frank Tenney Johnson painted with emphasis on soft light and night scenes. Most of Johnson's Native American paintings for sale feature men on horseback or women in traditional clothing, and they exude a peaceful atmosphere that smooths over the harsh realities of life in the Old West. Ignite your passion for Wild West memorabilia and purchase vintage genre paintings online to polish off your Frontier-themed art collection.

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        • Frank Tenney Johnson Indian Village Oil Painting
          Jan. 27, 2024

          Frank Tenney Johnson Indian Village Oil Painting

          Est: $8,000 - $12,000

          Oil on Canvas laid on Board. 11" by 15 1/8". Title is Indian Village Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 - 1939) was active/lived in California, Iowa. Frank Johnson is known for Western genre, landscape, and nocturne painting. Born near Big Grove, Iowa, Frank Tenney Johnson, became one of the most famous early 20th-century painters of Western genre. He was raised on a farm on the old Overland Trail where he observed western migration of people on horseback, in stage coaches, and in covered wagons. At age of 10, he moved with his family to Milwaukee, and he apprenticed there to panorama painter F.W. Heine (1845-1921), whose specialty was painting horses. From that time, Johnson was ever studying the horse and became noted for his ability to portray it accurately. Then he studied with Richard Lorenz, a member of the Society of Western Painters, and he gave Johnson valuable techniques as well as great enthusiasm for the West. Inheriting a small amount of money allowed Johnson in 1895 to go to New York to study at the Art Students League for five months. Then he returned to Milwaukee and worked as a free-lance illustrator until he and his wife could afford to return to New York, and this time he studied with John Twachtman, Robert Henri, and William Merritt Chase. In 1904, he went to the Rocky Mountains and Southwest for Field and Stream magazine, and this was a life-changing trip in that he set his style and subject matter for the remainder of his life. He especially learned to love the skies during the day and at night, and one of his trademarks became his night scenes. To achieve a certain luminosity, he carefully studied the skies in Maxfield Parish's paintings. He was so successful in his Field and Stream assignment that he continued to make many trips West including a 1912 visit to Arizona where he, on a cross-country train trip, stayed several days at Winslow. During the 1920s, he settled in Alhambra, California and shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe, and his easel paintings began to outsell his illustrations. He did a series of murals in a famous Los Angeles movie house called the Cathy Circle Theater. His painting technique to achieve textural effect was to work quickly, using brushes, palette knife, and his fingers. In the 1930s, deciding to spend his summers away from Alhambra, Johnson built a cabin and studio on the north fork of the Shoshone River in Wyoming, just outside the east gate of Yellowstone Park. For seven years, from 1931 to 1938, he spent much time hiking in the park and painting scenes of its unique landscapes. It has been written that he was a man who "represented the best in the Old West." He was six feet two inches, handsome, virile and admired. For one of his exhibits at the Grand Central Art Galleries at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City, Amon Carter bought the entire exhibition. Shortly afterwards, Johnson went to a dance in Los Angeles, kissed a pretty girl and died the next morning (January 1, 1939) from meningitis.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) - Two Moons
          Jan. 18, 2024

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) - Two Moons

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) Two Moons oil on canvasboard 16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.)

          Christie's
        • AFTER Frank Tenney Johnson (CA,IA,1874-1939) oil painting
          Jan. 07, 2024

          AFTER Frank Tenney Johnson (CA,IA,1874-1939) oil painting

          Est: $360 - $450

          ARTIST: AFTER Frank Tenney Johnson (California, Iowa, 1874 - 1939) NAME: Cowboy Reaching for His Rifle YEAR: mid 20 century MEDIUM: oil on cardboard. Cardboard applied to board. CONDITION: Some damage to upper left corner. Few scrathes/paint losses. Few small inpaintings/touch ups. SIGHT SIZE: 27 x 31 inches / 68 x 78 cm FRAME SIZE: 32 x 36 inches / 81 x 91 cm SIGNATURE: unsigned CATEGORY: antique vintage painting AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 121496 US Shipping $120 + insurance.

          Broward Auction Gallery LLC
        • Frank Tenney Johnson
          Sep. 16, 2023

          Frank Tenney Johnson

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          (American, 1874-1939) Mexican Freight Haulers, unsigned, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in.; dark finished wood frame, 31-1/2 x 25-3/4 in. Provenance: Wiggins Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico (label verso); Private Collection, New York Note: Attached verso is a letter of authentication from Steven L. Rose, Biltmore Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona. The letter is dated October 25, 1990, and discusses this painting as being reminiscent of Johnson's "Mexican Smuggler" of 1923, and "Mexican Nocturne", of 1930. Biltmore Galleries was founded in Los Angeles 1924 by Charles Marion Russell, Frank Tenney Johnson and six other western artists, and Mr. Rose bought the gallery from those venerable artists in 1964.

          Brunk Auctions
        • Frank Tenney Johnson, "Set of two: Stella Seated; The Whittler"
          Aug. 26, 2023

          Frank Tenney Johnson, "Set of two: Stella Seated; The Whittler"

          Est: $3,500 - $5,500

          Painting

          Scottsdale Art Auction, LLC
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 - 1939) Oil on Canvas
          May. 21, 2023

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 - 1939) Oil on Canvas

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          Provenance: After the sudden death of Frank Tenney Johnson in 1939 the painting was consigned by his daughter Vinnie Francis Johnson to the Biltmore Salon Gallery, Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles, Ca. Acquired in 1939 Madge Blunt Waring from an auction held at the Biltmore. Acquired in 1963 by John Guerriero from the Estate of Madge Blunt Waring then passed by family descent to private collection Bakersfield, Ca. Authenticated in 1996 by Lois Ash, offered at Larsen Art Auction, Scottsdale Arizona in 2018. Then to current owner Paso Robles, California

          California Auctioneers
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON "FIELD SKETCH" OIL ON BOARD
          Apr. 30, 2023

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON "FIELD SKETCH" OIL ON BOARD

          Est: -

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 - 1939) "Field Sketch" Oil on Board. A label of authentication is affixed to the reverse, signed by William P. Krehm (1901-1968). Krehm was tasked by the artist's widow to authenticate paintings from Frank Tenney Johnson's studio following his untimely death in Alhambra, California. Frank Tenney Johnson became one of the most famous early 20th-century painters of Western genre. At age of 10, he moved with his family to Milwaukee, and he apprenticed there to panorama painter F.W. Heine (1845-1921), whose specialty was painting horses. From that time, Johnson was ever studying the horse and became noted for his ability to portray it accurately. Then he studied with Richard Lorenz, a member of the Society of Western Painters, and he gave Johnson valuable techniques as well as great enthusiasm for the West. During the 1920s, he settled in Alhambra, California and shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe, and his easel paintings began to outsell his illustrations. He did a series of murals in a famous Los Angeles movie house called the Cathy Circle Theater. His painting technique to achieve textural effect was to work quickly, using brushes, palette knife, and his fingers. Johnson's art won him numerous awards and world-wide acclaim and was a source of inspiration for many of the younger artists. He is collected by major institutions including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Royal Palace in Copenhagen; and Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum. Artist: Frank Tenney Johnson Title: "Field Sketch" Medium: Oil on Board Signature Type: Unsigned Site Measurement: 8.25" x 11.25" Image Keywords: Southwestern, Western Artwork, Art; Ref: BD1043

          Bradford's
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Close of Day 16 x 20 in. framed 23 x 27 in. (Painted circa late 1920s.)
          Apr. 26, 2023

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Close of Day 16 x 20 in. framed 23 x 27 in. (Painted circa late 1920s.)

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Close of Day signed 'F. Tenney Johnson' (lower left) and signed again, titled and with the artist's Alhambra address (on the original board backing) oil on canvas 16 x 20 in. framed 23 x 27 in. Painted circa late 1920s.

          Bonhams
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON, American (1874-1939), Woman with Rifle, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches
          Jan. 19, 2023

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON, American (1874-1939), Woman with Rifle, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON American, (1874-1939) Woman with Rifle oil on canvas signed lower center "Frank Tenney Johnson"

          Shannon's
        • AFTER Frank Tenney Johnson (CA,IA,1874-1939) oil painting
          Jan. 02, 2023

          AFTER Frank Tenney Johnson (CA,IA,1874-1939) oil painting

          Est: $425 - $550

          ARTIST: AFTER Frank Tenney Johnson (California, Iowa, 1874 - 1939) NAME: Cowboy Reaching for His Rifle YEAR: mid 20 century MEDIUM: oil on cardboard. Cardboard applied to board. CONDITION: Some damage to upper left corner. Few scrathes/paint losses. Few small inpaintings/touch ups. SIGHT SIZE: 27 x 31 inches / 68 x 78 cm FRAME SIZE: 32 x 36 inches / 81 x 91 cm SIGNATURE: unsigned CATEGORY: antique vintage painting AD: ART CONSIGNMENTS WANTED. CONTACT US SKU#: 121496 US Shipping $120 + insurance.

          Broward Auction Gallery LLC
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON "HORSE HEAD", 1921 PENCIL ON PAPER DRAWING
          Nov. 06, 2022

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON "HORSE HEAD", 1921 PENCIL ON PAPER DRAWING

          Est: -

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 - 1939) "Horse Head", 1921 Original Pencil on Paper Drawing. Depicts a side profile of a horses head, hand signed and dated by the artist. Frank Tenney Johnson became one of the most famous early 20th-century painters of Western genre. At age of 10, he moved with his family to Milwaukee, and he apprenticed there to panorama painter F.W. Heine (1845-1921), whose specialty was painting horses. From that time, Johnson was ever studying the horse and became noted for his ability to portray it accurately. Then he studied with Richard Lorenz, a member of the Society of Western Painters, and he gave Johnson valuable techniques as well as great enthusiasm for the West. During the 1920s, he settled in Alhambra, California and shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe, and his easel paintings began to outsell his illustrations. He did a series of murals in a famous Los Angeles movie house called the Cathy Circle Theater. His painting technique to achieve textural effect was to work quickly, using brushes, palette knife, and his fingers. Johnson's art won him numerous awards and world-wide acclaim and was a source of inspiration for many of the younger artists. He is collected by major institutions including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Royal Palace in Copenhagen; and Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum. This work also includes an original pen, ink, and graphite drawing on the backside by Sarah English McDonald dated 1921. Artist: Frank Tenney Johnson Title: "Horse Head", 1921 Medium: Pencil on Paper Circa/Year: 1921 Signature Type: Hand Signed Signature Location: Lower Center Site Measurement: 10.5 x 7.5 in. Keywords: Southwestern, Western Artwork, Art; Ref: BD1736

          Bradford's
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) The Full Moon Rises 25 x 24 in. framed 31 1/2 x 30 in.
          Nov. 01, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) The Full Moon Rises 25 x 24 in. framed 31 1/2 x 30 in.

          Est: $150,000 - $250,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) The Full Moon Rises signed and dated 'F. Tenney Johnson / 1926' (lower left) and signed again and with the artist's Alhambra address and titled (on the stretcher bar) oil on canvas 25 x 24 in. framed 31 1/2 x 30 in.

          Bonhams
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) An Idle Dreamer 24 1/4 x 30 in. framed 29 x 35 in.
          Nov. 01, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) An Idle Dreamer 24 1/4 x 30 in. framed 29 x 35 in.

          Est: $250,000 - $350,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) An Idle Dreamer signed and dated 'F. Tenney Johnson - N.A. / 1938' and signed and dated again and titled (on the stretcher bar) oil on canvas 24 1/4 x 30 in. framed 29 x 35 in. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Rim Rock Wrangler 28 x 36 in. framed 34 x 42 in.
          Nov. 01, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Rim Rock Wrangler 28 x 36 in. framed 34 x 42 in.

          Est: $250,000 - $350,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Rim Rock Wrangler signed and dated 'F. Tenney Johnson / NA / 1935' (lower left) oil on canvas 28 x 36 in. framed 34 x 42 in. For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Frank Tenney Johnson
          Sep. 17, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson

          Est: $75,000 - $100,000

          (American, 1874-1939) Mexican Freight Haulers, unsigned, oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in.; dark finished wood frame, 31-1/2 x 25-3/4 in. Note: Attached verso is a letter of authentication from Steven L. Rose, Biltmore Galleries, Scottsdale, Arizona. The letter is dated October 25, 1990, and discusses this painting as being reminiscent of Johnson's "Mexican Smuggler" of 1923, and "Mexican Nocturne", of 1930. Biltmore Galleries was founded in Los Angeles 1924 by Charles Marion Russell, Frank Tenney Johnson and six other western artists, and Mr. Rose bought the gallery from those venerable artists in 1964. Provenance: Wiggins Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico (label verso); Private Collection, New York

          Brunk Auctions
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Saloon Scene
          Jul. 14, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Saloon Scene

          Est: $600 - $800

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Saloon Scene oil on board, preliminary sketch labeled on verso; from the Brad Riffle Collection 11 x 8 inches.

          Hindman
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Purple Mountains Majesty
          May. 19, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Purple Mountains Majesty

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Purple Mountains Majesty oil on canvas signed Frank Tenney Johnson (lower right) 17 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches Provenance: Private Collection, Massachusetts Robert W. Skinner, Bolton, Massachusetts Galleria Borghi, New York, New York Heritage Auctions, December, 2017, Lot 61053 Acquired at auction by present owner

          Hindman
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) The Prospector oil on canvas 36 x 24 in. (
          May. 17, 2022

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) The Prospector oil on canvas 36 x 24 in. (

          Est: $80,000 - $120,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) The Prospector oil on canvas 36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 60.9 cm.)

          Christie's
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) Moonlight in the Canyon oil on canvas 22 x
          May. 17, 2022

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) Moonlight in the Canyon oil on canvas 22 x

          Est: $100,000 - $150,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874-1939) Moonlight in the Canyon oil on canvas 22 x 16 in. (55.9 x 40.6 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Frank Tenney Johnson, (1874-1939, Los Angeles, CA), "Desert Study", Oil on Masonite, 12" H x 16" W
          May. 10, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson, (1874-1939, Los Angeles, CA), "Desert Study", Oil on Masonite, 12" H x 16" W

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939, Los Angeles, CA) "Desert Study" Oil on Masonite Appears unsigned; the artist's estate label and number, verso 12" H x 16" W Provenance: Sold: Bonhams, California, May 11, 2014, Lot 4043 Private Collection, California, acquired from the above Notes: The artist's estate label, signed by fellow artist William P. Krehm, is affixed verso. The number 758 is also affixed verso.

          John Moran Auctioneers
        • Frank Tenney Johnson, (1874-1939, Los Angeles, CA), "A Rocky Southwest Landscape", Oil on board, 16" H x 11.75" W
          May. 10, 2022

          Frank Tenney Johnson, (1874-1939, Los Angeles, CA), "A Rocky Southwest Landscape", Oil on board, 16" H x 11.75" W

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939, Los Angeles, CA) "A Rocky Southwest Landscape" Oil on board Appears unsigned; the artist's estate label and number, verso 16" H x 11.75" W Provenance: Sold: Bonhams, California, February 9, 2014, Lot 7021 Private Collection, California, acquired from the above Notes: The artist's estate label, signed by fellow artist William P. Krehm, is affixed verso. The number 748 is also affixed verso.

          John Moran Auctioneers
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (American 1874-1939) A PAINTING, "Schoolbus," 1912,
          Feb. 12, 2022

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (American 1874-1939) A PAINTING, "Schoolbus," 1912,

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (American 1874-1939) A PAINTING, "Schoolbus," 1912, watercolor on paper, signed and dated L/L. 15 1/4" x 26 1/4"

          Simpson Galleries, LLC
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) The Primrose Ranch, 1932
          Nov. 04, 2021

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) The Primrose Ranch, 1932

          Est: $2,000 - $3,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) The Primrose Ranch, 1932 oil on board signed F. Tenney Johnson and dated (lower left) 12 x 16 inches Property from Palm Springs Art Museum Sold to Support the Care of Collections and the George Montgomery Fund for Acquisitions Provenance: Gift of the George Montgomery Trust to Palm Springs Art Museum Lot note: Inscription on verso reads, Property of Georg Montgomery 1978- present 82

          Hindman
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (CA/IA, 1874-1939)
          Aug. 28, 2021

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (CA/IA, 1874-1939)

          Est: $5,000 - $6,000

          "Renegades", oil on canvasboard, titled, signed and dated 1927 verso, in a gilt matched corner Arts & Crafts frame, OS: 16 1/2" x 20 1/2", SS: 11 1/2" x 15 1/2". Good condition.

          Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON
          Aug. 21, 2021

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON

          Est: $25 - $50

          Very nice old print. 11.25" by 14" unframed.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (CA/IA, 1874-1939)
          Jul. 11, 2021

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (CA/IA, 1874-1939)

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          Polo Match, gouache on board, signed lower right and dated 1906, in gilt gesso frame under silk mat, glazed, OS: 21" x 25 1/2", SS: 14" x 18 1/2". Repaired edge tears at top and lower left.

          Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874–1939) Shadow of the Ledge
          Jun. 06, 2021

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874–1939) Shadow of the Ledge

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874–1939) Shadow of the Ledge Signed illegibly bottom right; also inscribed 'He lay all *** day in the *** shadow of the ledge, buzzards circling overhead. Horse will *** . Return original to *** 48 Charles St, NY.' on upper stretcher verso, oil on canvas 30 x 20 in. (76.2 x 50.8cm) Provenance Private Collection, Wisconsin. Footnote: Note The address indicated on the back of the work, 48 Charles Street, corresponds to the New York address of the studio where Johnson worked between 1917 and 1925. Condition report: Frame: 36 1/4 x 26 1/8 in. The relined canvas in overall good condition, which appears to have been recently cleaned. Examination under UV light reveals minor touch-ups in the sky at upper left, as well as at bottom right in the rock. Some varnish at bottom center. The two figures are intact.

          Freeman's
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON FIGHT IN FRONTIER TOWN PRINT
          Jun. 05, 2021

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON FIGHT IN FRONTIER TOWN PRINT

          Est: $50 - $75

          Very nice old print. 18" by 22" framed.

          Davis Brothers Auction
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Ridin' the Range Oil on Masonite 17-7
          May. 07, 2021

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Ridin' the Range Oil on Masonite 17-7

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Ridin' the Range Oil on Masonite 17-7/8 x 14 inches (45.4 x 35.6 cm) PROVENANCE: Zaplin Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Private collection, Cypress, Texas. LITERATURE: K. Davis, "Art," Santa Fean, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2007, p. 61, illustrated. According to a certificate-label on the reverse, this work was authenticated by Mrs. F. Tenney Johnson, the artist's widow, on May 8, 1947. A copy of the interior illustration from the Santa Fean accompanies this lot. HID01801242017

          Heritage Auctions
        • Attr. Frank Tenney Johnson 17.25" x 23.25" o/brd
          Mar. 28, 2021

          Attr. Frank Tenney Johnson 17.25" x 23.25" o/brd

          Est: $600 - $1,000

          Depicted Western vaqueros - Provenance: presented and hung in the Inyo County library for 35 years

          California Auctioneers
        • A Frank Tenney Johnson, N.A. (California, 1874-1939) Memorial Exhibition of paintings pamphlet and photo
          Feb. 10, 2021

          A Frank Tenney Johnson, N.A. (California, 1874-1939) Memorial Exhibition of paintings pamphlet and photo

          Est: $30 - $50

          A Frank Tenney Johnson, N.A. (California, 1874-1939) Memorial Exhibition of paintings pamphlet and photo A Memorial Exhibition pamphlet, text by A.S. Cowie, November 1-30, 1939, Biltmore Salon, Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 4 pages, illustrations, accompanied by a framed photograph. (2) 7 1/4 x 5 1/4in (18.5 x 13.5cm); framed photo 10 x 8in (25.5 x 20.5cm)

          Andrew Jones Auctions
        • The Trail Herd by Frank Tenney Johnson Painting
          Jan. 23, 2021

          The Trail Herd by Frank Tenney Johnson Painting

          Est: $400 - $800

          Included in this lot is "The Trail Herd" by Frank Tenney Johnson, painted in 1938. This is a framed lithograph. Frank Tenney Johnson (June 26, 1874 – January 1, 1939) was a painter of the Old American West, who popularized a style of painting cowboys that became known as "The Johnson Moonlight Technique". “Somewhere on the Range” is an example of Johnson's moonlight technique. To paint his paintings, he used knives, fingers, and brushes. In his early career, he worked primarily as an illustrator. He began working for Field & Stream magazine in 1904. In addition to Field & Stream, he contributed to Cosmopolitan and Harpers Weekly magazines and illustrated the Western novels of Zane Grey. Johnson lived permanently in New York City from 1904 until 1920, making numerous trips to the west to gather source material for his works that were completed in his New York studio. He lived and worked on the Lazy 7 Ranch in Hayden, Colorado for a while; later, he went southwest to work on painting Native Americans. In 1920, he moved to 22 Champion Place in Alhambra, California, where he shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe. At this point, Johnson's easel paintings became more popular than his illustrations, so he concentrated in this medium. Together, Johnson and Forsythe founded the Biltmore Art Gallery at the Biltmore Hotel. Between 1931 and 1939, he spent much of his time at his studio in Cody, Wyoming, just outside Yellowstone National Park. Many of his paintings were done there from studies inside the park. Johnson died from spinal meningitis in 1939 in Pasadena, California. This piece is in good shape and has been placed in a wooden frame. The frame measures 22 1/4" by 26 1/4".

          North American Auction Company
        • Roping Mavericks by Frank Tenney Johnson Painting
          Jan. 23, 2021

          Roping Mavericks by Frank Tenney Johnson Painting

          Est: $500 - $800

          Included in this lot is a framed "Roping the Mavericks", 1936 lithograph, by Frank Tenney Johnson. Frank Tenney Johnson (June 26, 1874 – January 1, 1939) was a painter of the Old American West who popularized a style of painting cowboys, which became known as "The Johnson Moonlight Technique". “Somewhere on the Range” is an example of Johnson's moonlight technique. To paint his paintings, he used knives, fingers, and brushes. In his early career, he worked primarily as an illustrator. He began working for Field & Stream magazine in 1904. In addition to Field & Stream, he contributed to Cosmopolitan and Harpers Weekly magazines and illustrated the Western novels of Zane Grey. Johnson lived permanently in New York City from 1904 until 1920, making numerous trips to the west to gather source material for his works that were completed in his New York studio. He lived and worked on the Lazy 7 Ranch in Hayden, Colorado for a while; later, he went southwest to work on painting Native Americans. In 1920, he moved to 22 Champion Place in Alhambra, California, where he shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe. At this point, Johnson's easel paintings became more popular than his illustrations, so he concentrated in this medium. Together, Johnson and Forsythe founded the Biltmore Art Gallery at the Biltmore Hotel. Between 1931 and 1939, he spent much of his time at his studio in Cody, Wyoming, just outside Yellowstone National Park. Many of his paintings were done there from studies inside the park. Johnson died from spinal meningitis in 1939 in Pasadena, California. This piece is in good shape and has been placed in a wooden frame. The frame measures 23" by 27 1/2".

          North American Auction Company
        • 1916 Wildfire by Zane Grey PHOTOPLAY FIRST EDITION
          Jan. 11, 2021

          1916 Wildfire by Zane Grey PHOTOPLAY FIRST EDITION

          Est: -

          Published by Grosset and Dunlap, New York (1916). Frank Tenney Johnson (illustrator). It contains 321 pages. Red cloth with black lettering. B-C code on copyright page. The dust jacket is designed by famed Western artist Frank Tenney Johnson, basis for an early silent era film starring Claire Adams and produced by the young Samuel E. Goldwyn before he formed Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios. 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
        • Frank Tenney Johnson, Seated Woman, Pastel Charcoal
          Dec. 06, 2020

          Frank Tenney Johnson, Seated Woman, Pastel Charcoal

          Est: $1,500 - $2,000

          Early 20th century American drawing on paper by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874 - 1939). The impressionist-style pastel and charcoal on handcrafted paper art depicts a seated woman with a long white dress. The art is pencil signed and dated on the right. Title: Seated Woman. 16 1/2" x 11 1/2", framed 24" x 18 1/2". Provenance: Estate of the late William Hudlow of San Diego, California.

          Kaminski Auctions
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Evening at Isleta
          Oct. 29, 2020

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Evening at Isleta

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Evening at Isleta oil on canvas signed Frank Tenney Johnson (lower left) 18 x 21 ½ inches Provenance: Exhibited: Western American Art South of the Sweet Tea Line, September 16 - December 31, 2017, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia Property from a Wyoming Ranch

          Hindman
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) - Wyoming Cattlemen
          Oct. 28, 2020

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) - Wyoming Cattlemen

          Est: $250,000 - $350,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939) Wyoming Cattlemen oil on canvas 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.)

          Christie's
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (AMERICAN, 1874-1939) COWBOY IN MOUNTAINS Oil on canvas: 48 x 36 in.
          Oct. 06, 2020

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (AMERICAN, 1874-1939) COWBOY IN MOUNTAINS Oil on canvas: 48 x 36 in.

          Est: $12,000 - $15,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (AMERICAN, 1874-1939) COWBOY IN MOUNTAINS Oil on canvas: 48 x 36 in. Framed Note: Authenticated by Lorie Ash in 1996 Provenance: From the artist to Vinnie Francis Johnson; 1939 Auction at the Biltmore Salon in the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles; purchased at this sale by Madge Blunt Waring until 1963; purchased from the Estate of Madge Blunt Waring by John Guerriero; by descent to Private Collection, Bakersfield, California until 2017; Private Collection.

          Potomack Company
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (American 1874-1939) A PAINTING, "Schoolbus," 1912,
          Sep. 20, 2020

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (American 1874-1939) A PAINTING, "Schoolbus," 1912,

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (American 1874-1939) A PAINTING, "Schoolbus," 1912, watercolor on paper, signed and dated L/L. 15 1/4" x 26 1/4"

          Simpson Galleries, LLC
        • Marine Sketch by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939)
          Sep. 19, 2020

          Marine Sketch by Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939)

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939), oil on masonite, 9 1/2 x 11 1/2, signed lower left: Frank Tenney Johnson

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        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (AMERICAN 1874 - 1939) PAINTING (1928).
          Jul. 14, 2020

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (AMERICAN 1874 - 1939) PAINTING (1928).

          Est: $2,000 - $4,000

          Mixed media on paper. Signed lower left, "F Tenney Johnson ANA, 1928" Sight size: 12.5" x 21.5". Frank Tenney Johnson (June 26, 1874 – January 1, 1939) was a painter of the Old American West, and he popularized a style of painting cowboys which became known as "The Johnson Moonlight Technique". To paint his paintings he used knives, fingers and brushes. In his early career, he worked primarily as an illustrator. He began working for Field & Stream magazine in 1904. In addition to Field & Stream, he contributed to Cosmopolitan and Harpers Weekly magazines and illustrated the Western novels of Zane Grey. Johnson lived permanently in New York City from 1904 until 1920, making numerous trips to the west to gather source material for his works that were completed in his New York studio. He lived and worked on the Lazy 7 Ranch in Hayden, Colorado for a while, later he went southwest to work on painting Native Americans. In 1920, he moved to 22 Champion Place in Alhambra, California where he shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe. At this point Johnson's easel paintings became more popular than his illustrations so he concentrated in this medium. Together Johnson and Forsythe exhibited in the Biltmore Art Gallery started by Jack Wilkinson Smith at the Biltmore Hotel according to Edan Milton Hughes, Artists in California 1786 – 1940 Between 1931 and 1939, he spent much of his time at his studio in Cody, Wyoming, just outside Yellowstone National Park. Many of his paintings were done there from studies inside the park. The painting features an old Cavalry Trooper with his canteen and is heading west in the moonlight, with spooked horse and revolver drawn, expecting trouble at any second. It is a true representation of his "Moonlight" style. It is in excellent condition. Provenance: Purchased from Skip Chalfant. Condition: Dimensions: Frame: 25 - 1/4" x 16 - 1/4" x 1 - 1/4".

          Morphy Auctions
        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON, UNTITLED 'WOMEN AND CHILDREN'
          Jun. 27, 2020

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON, UNTITLED 'WOMEN AND CHILDREN'

          Est: $2,000 - $2,500

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) pastel on paper. It is possibly a portrait of his wife and children as this originally came from her estate. It is housed in a red velvet secondary frame. The verso contains additional information on the artist. Dimensions: 3 1/8 inches tall X 4 inches wide; 7.9 cm tall X 10.2 cm wide. Frame-7 3/4 inches tall X 9 1/2 inches wide; 19.7 cm tall X 24.1 cm wide. All measurements are approximate.

          Oakridge Auction Gallery
        • 1916 Wildfire by Zane Grey w/ Dust Jacket B-C
          Jun. 22, 2020

          1916 Wildfire by Zane Grey w/ Dust Jacket B-C

          Est: -

          Published by Grosset and Dunlap, New York (1916). Frank Tenney Johnson (illustrator). It contains 321 pages. Red cloth with black lettering. B-C code on copyright page. The dust jacket is designed by famed Western artist Frank Tenney Johnson, basis for an early silent era film starring Claire Adams and produced by the young Samuel E. Goldwyn before he formed Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios. 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

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        • FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON BOOK SIGNED NUMBERED EDITION
          May. 30, 2020

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON BOOK SIGNED NUMBERED EDITION

          Est: $150 - $250

          Book: "The Frank Tenney Johnson Book: a Master Painter of the Old West," Harold McCracken, Doubleday & Company, New York, 1974, signed and numbered edition 342/ 350, 207 pages, full leather with gilt titles, Glenna Goodacre bronze cover medallion, all edges gilt, paper slipcase, approx 14"h, 11"w, 1.5"d, 1.75lbs Start Price: $100.00

          Austin Auction Gallery
        • Frank Tenney Johnson NA, (1874-1939 Los Angeles, CA), "Cowboy Race," field study for "Dust Stained Riders", Oil on canvas backed with m
          May. 17, 2020

          Frank Tenney Johnson NA, (1874-1939 Los Angeles, CA), "Cowboy Race," field study for "Dust Stained Riders", Oil on canvas backed with m

          Est: $60,000 - $80,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson NA (1874-1939 Los Angeles, CA) "Cowboy Race," field study for "Dust Stained Riders" Oil on canvas backed with masonite Unsigned, titled on the stretcher 25" H x 30" W Literature: H. McCracken, "The Frank Tenney Johnson Book: A Master Painter of the Old West," Doubleday and Co., New York, NY, 1974, p. 171, no. 719, as oil study for 'Dust Stained Riders'. Notes: A label affixed to the stretcher states, 'This picture I authenticate as having been painted by F. Tenney Johnson, N.A.' signed by W.P. Krehm and Frank Panter. William P. Krehm worked as a framer for the Biltmore Art Salon in the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, of which Johnson was a founding member, in the 1930's. He continued his friendship with Mrs. Johnson after Johnson died in 1939 and in the 1940's he helped her clean out the artist's studio and repair and restore the paintings and their frames. In partial payment for services, Mrs. Johnson gave Krehm 72 field sketches by the artist including the present work. Copies of a letter from Krehm describing his relationship with the Johnsons dated April 26, 1963 and another statement dated April 23, 1968 signed by Frank Panter accompany the lot. In addition, a copy of a letter dated August 12, 1963 from the artist James Swinnerton to William Riffle, one of the purchasers of the sketches from Krehm, accompanies the lot. Swinnerton writes: I am sincerely pleased to find that you have become the owner of these original field sketches of Frank Tenney Johnson's. Frank and myself used to agree that the field sketches had the quality of 'feeling' of the subject that was somewhat missing in the following finished painting which followed it or them -- I knew of these sketches of his that 'Vinnie' (Frank's wife) had turned over to Bill Krehm and wondered what he was going to do with them and now, I find you have obtained them -- They should be shown especially now in the way art is gathering interest of so many persons. Again - I congratulate you on unveiling them. Sincerely your friend, Jim Swinnerton. A numbered copy (#3649) of the leather-bound edition of "The Frank Tenney Johnson Book" will accompany this lot.

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        • Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939), "Wakesiah", 1937, pencil on paper, sight: 4.5 x 3.25"
          Nov. 16, 2019

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939), "Wakesiah", 1937, pencil on paper, sight: 4.5 x 3.25"

          Est: $2,000 - $4,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (1874-1939), "Wakesiah", 1937, pencil on paper, sight: 4.5 x 3.25", frame: 9.25 x 7.75"; lot includes signed copy of The Frank Tenney Johnson Book; limited deluxe edition signed and numbered leather-bound with Glenna Goodacre bronze plaque bound into front cover Title: The Frank Tenney Johnson Book Author:Harold McCracken Place: New York Publisher : Doubleday & Co. Date: 1974 Description:Ed. 210/350, First edition, signed by Frank Tenney Johnson Known for his cowboys and his moonlight scenes on the open range, Frank Tenney Johnson was born in the Iowa hamlet of Big Grove. He roamed the countryside along the banks of the Missouri River where Lewis and Clark had traveled in 1804. Johnson absorbed all he could from teachers with whom he came in contact and then went on to New York and continued his art studies. Before long his work was attracting such favorable public response that he became a magazine illustrator and began creating book jackets for Zane Grey and other Western writers. He became good friends with Clyde Forsythe and then both moved to California where they shared a studio in Alhambra. They became joint founders of the Biltmore Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

          Vogt Galleries Texas
        • Frank Tenney Johnson, Untitled (Mountain)
          Nov. 09, 2019

          Frank Tenney Johnson, Untitled (Mountain)

          Est: $3,000 - $5,000

          FRANK TENNEY JOHNSON (1874 - 1939) Untitled (Mountain) oil on board signed lower left: F. Tenney Johnson Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches Framed Dimensions: 16 1/4 x 19 3/4 x 2 inches Provenance: Private Collection, Texas

          Santa Fe Art Auction
        • Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Dick Dickson (California Ranchero), 1
          Nov. 01, 2019

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Dick Dickson (California Ranchero), 1

          Est: $100,000 - $150,000

          Frank Tenney Johnson (American, 1874-1939) Dick Dickson (California Ranchero), 1938 Oil on canvas 22 x 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm) Signed and dated lower right: F. Tenny Johnson N.A. / 1938 Signed, dated, and titled on the stretcher: Dick Dickson F. Tenney Johnson N.A. 1938 PROVENANCE: Private collection, Beverly Hills, California; By descent to the present owner. Internationally celebrated for his depictions of cowboys and his moonlight scenes on the open range, Frank Tenney Johnson is considered one of the most important Western painters of the 20th century. Born on an Iowa farm on the old Overland Trail, Johnson grew up with dreams of the distant West. From an early age, he began apprenticing to prominent artists, both honing his skills as a draftsman and advancing his interest in portraying Western subjects and themes. In 1904, Johnson headed West on an illustration assignment from Field and Stream magazine. This would prove to be a life-changing trip, cementing his signature style and subject matter for the remainder of his life. Johnson developed a special interest in depicting outdoor light, in particular, nocturnal scenes, achieving a heightened twilight luminosity by studying the skies in Maxfield Parrish's paintings. Johnson achieved such continuous success with his illustration work that he began to make many trips out West, and in 1920 settled in Alhambra, California. There he shared a studio with Clyde Forsythe, and the two co-founded the Biltmore Art Gallery in Los Angeles. By now, the artist had fully mastered his "Johnson moonlight" technique, and his scenes depicting cowboys under the stars had become nationally famous. His easel paintings began out-grossing his illustrations u , /u and eventually became his prime focus. The present work is a classic example of the Johnson nocturne, featuring his most enduring subject matter: the solitary mounted cowboy, high in the saddle, alone in the Western landscape. When Johnson executed this work in 1938, he and Dick Dickson, the subject of the scene, were kindred spirits. Both men hailed from Iowa and were lured to California by the call of the West. Both held a nostalgic vision of the old frontier, which was conveyed in their respective careers. During the 1930s, Dick Dickson was a Hollywood producer and movie theater executive, producing many Westerns that included more than twenty Hopalong Cassidy movies. When Johnson painted his portrait, Dickson was no stranger to the role of the lone cowboy. Dickson was a rancher and a skilled equestrian, riding professionally in parades and shows throughout southern California, and two years prior had even played the part of Waggoner in the 1936 Hopalong Cassidy film, Trail Dust.  In this work, Dickson appears fittingly as the protagonist of an old Western film, mounted on horseback and set against Johnson's characteristic nocturnal landscape backdrop. His presence in the scene is as a character on a movie set, illuminated with theatrical light that casts a cool shadow on the open plain. Completed only a year before the artist would die tragically and prematurely from illness, this masterwork exemplifies not only Johnson's technical skill, but also his affinity and admiration for Dickson's ranchero lifestyle, a twentieth-century continuation of the values and way of life of the Old West. HID01801242017

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