Monday, November 10, 2014

Settlers West Galleries Presents The Great American West

Wyatt Earp in Hollywood

Coming November 22, 2014, Andy Thomas's original oil painting, "Wyatt Earp in Hollywood" will be featured at Settlers West Galleries, The Great American West Auction in Tucson, AZ.

Click here to view the catalog for the Auction. The reception is at 5:30pm, with the purchase drawing at 7pm.

Here is the story on this piece:

Wyatt Earp lived in Los Angeles in his later years and spent some time on the movie sets in Hollywood. He became good friends with William S. Hart and Tom Mix, early cowboy stars. The great director John Ford remembered Earp describing a gun fight to him and even drawing a diagram of the action. Ford used that description to film the fight in My Darling Clementine. The fight is now known as the Gunfight at the OK Corral. The painting depicts Earp describing the scene as Ford, Hart and Mix listen. The movie front in the background is actually Fremont Street in Tombstone, as the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, walk down to confront the cowboys. Also listening is a young prop hand who, in his own film career, used Earp's mannerisms for his own portrayals of tough western characters.

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