- Harold Dow Bugbee
name = Harold Dow Bugbee
caption = Harold Dow Bugbee
birth_date = birth date |1900|8|15|
birth_place = Lexington,
death_date=death date and age|1963|3|27|1900|8|15|
death_place=Clarendon, Donley County,
Texas|occupation= Artist; Curatorof Panhandle-Plains Historical Museumin Canyon, Texas
spouse=(1) Katherine Patrick Bugbee (married 1935, divorced)
(2) Olive Freda Vandruff Bugbee (married 1961-his death)
footnotes=(1) Bugbee began sketching Western
ranchingscenes while still a boy living on the family ranch near Clarendon, Texas.
(2) Bugbee envisioned himself as the
South Plainscomplement to Charles M. Russell, renowned Western painter of the northern Great Plains.
(3) Bugbee was closely associated with
historian J. Evetts Haleyand former Amarillo Mayor Ernest O. Thompsonfor whom he did illustrations and paintings, respectively.
(4) Perhaps Bugbee's greatest
muralis "The Cattleman" at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museumin Canyon, Texas, where he was the curatorfrom 1951 until his death.
Harold Dow Bugbee (
August 15 1900– March 27 1963) [ [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hhickman/p3159.htm Ancestors of Howard Hickman - Harold Dow Bugbee ] ] was an American Western artist, illustrator, painter, and curatorof the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museumin Canyon, Texas.Bugbee exhibit, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas] Bugbee sought with considerable success to become the dominant artist of the Texas South Plains, as his role model, Charles M. Russellof Montana, accordingly sketched life of the northern Great Plains.
Early years and education
Bugbee was born in
Lexington, Massachusetts, to Charles H. Bugbee and the former Grace L. Dow. In 1914, the family moved to the Texas Panhandleat the suggestion of a cousin, cattlemanT.S. Bugbee, and established a ranchnear Clarendon, the seat of Donley County east of Amarillo. As a youth, Bugbee began sketching the multiple facets of ranch life hoping to preserve for posterity a rapidly-vanishing way of life. His own experiences offered keen insight into ranch living in the Panhandle. Bugbee graduated from Clarendon High School in 1917 and attended then Methodist-affiliated Clarendon College, since a public community college. In 1918, he enrolled at Texas A&M Universityat College Station. [ [http://www.askart.com/askart/b/harold_dow_bugbee/harold_dow_bugbee.aspx Harold Bugbee - Artist, Art - Harold Dow Bugbee ] ]
Bugbee spent many summers at the
Taos art colonyin Taos, New Mexico, where Bert G. Phillipsurged him to attend the Cumming School of Artin Des Moines, to study under the portrait painter Charles Atherton Cumming, who had established the art department at the University of Iowain Iowa City. In 1921, he completed in two years a four-year curriculum at the Cumming school.Bugbee exhibit, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, [Canyon, Texas] In annual trips to Taos, Bugbee painted with W. Herbert Dunton, Leon Gaspard, Frank Hoffman, and Ralph Meyers. He often went campingin the Rockies to get a close-up view of nature. [http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/2aa/2aa628.htm Those Who Came Before Us: The Indian Murals of H. D. Bugbee ] ]
Bugbee returned to
West Texasin 1921. His early patron was Ernest O. Thompson(1892-1966), [http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi Social Security Death Index Interactive Search ] ] a hotelowner, Amarillo mayorand, later, long-serving member of the Texas Railroad Commission. Thompson commissioned fourteen oil paintings for the Longhorn Room of his prestigious Amarillo Hotel. He also sponsored Bugbee's first large art showing. In 1942, Thompson authorized Bugbee to paint eleven murals for the Tascosa Room of his Herring Hotel. Bugbee sold paintings to both ranchers and western art collectors. He also sketched Christmas carddesigns available internationally. [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbu14.html Handbook of Texas Online - BUGBEE, HAROLD DOW ] ]
In 1933, Bugbee began illustrating pen and ink sketches for books,
magazines such as "Ranch Romances", "Western Stories", "Country Gentleman", and " Field and Stream", and also historical editions of local and regional newspapers. He also illustrated such trade publications as "The Shamrock" and thirty-four issues of the "Panhandle-Plains Historical Review". Starting in 1936, with the publication of "Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman", a biography of legendary cattleman Charles Goodnight, Bugbee began an enduring association with West Texas historian J. Evetts Haley. He also did the illustrations for Willie N. Lewis' "Between Sun and the Sod", S. Omar Barker's "Songs of the Saddleman"., and James R. Gober's "Cowboy Justice: Tale of a Texas Lawman". [ [http://www.bokfynd.nu/0896724506.html Cowboy Justice: Tale of a Texas Lawman - Jämför priser och köp! ] ] During this period, Bugbee exhibited his work in Clarendon and other Texas cities, as well as in Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, Denver, and New York City. He was a popular fixture too at the Tri-State Fair (Texas, Oklahomaand New Mexico) held annually in Amarillo.
In 1951, Bugbee became the art curator for the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society. This part-time position, which he retained until his death, pemitted him to devote much of his time to painting. Another artist featured at Panhandle-Plains is
Frank Reaugh(1860-1945), an Illinoisnative, who painted scenes similar to those adopted by Bugbee. Bugbee sold or donated more than 230 paintings, drawings, and prints to the society's museum in Canyon, [http://books.google.com/books?id=rtRFyFO4hpEC&pg=PA112&lpg=PA112&dq=Harold+Dow+Bugbee&source=web&ots=Ihw-ApDHUx&sig=GTSjl7z5Jgm8VrhLkZquak5MMJI&hl=en] the seat of Randall County south of Amarillo. Bugbee completed twenty-two murals on Indian lifeand ranching for the museum, the greatest of which is "The Cattleman" (1934), underwritten with a grant from the Federal Arts Projectof the New Deal. His trail-driving scene of Texas cattleman R. B. Masterson, painted on wood panels, hangs in the Texas Hall of State in Dallas.
Military and family life
In 1942, Bugbee at forty-one, was drafted into the armed forces, but he was discharged after a year because of health problems. He painted three murals for Amarillo Army Air Field in 1943; two of the three are in the
National Museum of American Art, a part of the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1935, Bugbee married the former Katherine Patrick (1904-1991); they divorced, and she died in Los Angeles. In 1961, Bugbee married the former Olive Freda Vandruff (1908-2003), the daughter of Ross Elliott Vandruff and the former Mayme L. Buskirk. Olive, an artist in her own right whose clients included
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnsonand Texas Governor Dolph Briscoeof Uvalde, did not remarry. She lived thereafter, and died at the age of ninety-four, on the Harold Dow Bugbee Ranch in Clarendon. Bugbee died in Clarendon at the age of sixty-two, forty years before Olive's passing. The estate, valued at $1 million, was donated on Olive's death to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Olive left the ranch largely as she found it when she moved there in 1961. [ [http://www.clarendononline.com/news/2003/1120/story_1.htm The Clarendon Enterprise ] ]
Bugbee exhibited in 1929 at Dalhart, the seat of Dallam County in the northwestern Panhandle, in Amarillo (1930, 1931, and 1938), in Abilene (1931), the
University of TexasCentennial Exposition in Austin (1936), the Fort Worth Frontier Exposition (1936), and the West Texas Art Exhibition at Fort Worth (1939). His work was featured in exhibitions at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in 1953, 1961, and, posthumously, in 1970, 1987, and 1994. In 1990, the museum unveiled a reconstruction of Bugbee's studio. His exhibits were presented in 1992 at the Nita Stewart HaleyLibrary at Midland and in 1993 at the Cattleman's Museum, 1301 West 7th Street in Fort Worth. There is also a Bugbee exhibit at the Saints' Roost Museumin Clarendon.
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