Completed during the last decade of his life, Sam Savitt depicts the inherent loneliness of the Pony Express rider in this expansive oil painting (42 by 30 inches). While the Pony Express mail delivery service lasted only 18 months (1860-61), it is ingrained in the lore of the American West and represents the country’s first transcontinental communications system. This is the largest piece of artwork in our collection.
During the 1950s, Sam Savitt frequently illustrated the covers of iconic western-themed comic books. Little of the original artwork used for those covers survives. This is one of the rare examples. The right half of this watercolor, whose entire image measures 13 by 19 inches, would have been the front cover. (That’s why the signature appears in the center. ) The left side of the painting was the back cover. Price: $2,125.
This 8-by-10-inch rough sketch of an Arab soldier on horseback was done in preparation for a more finished product that appeared in a magazine article. This watercolor sketch is basically impressionist, but the subject matter is quite clear. Price: $325.
On the day the Kentucky Horse Park opened in 1978, Sam Savitt completed this picture of a statue at the park’s grounds commemorating Man O-War, one of the greatest racehorses of all time. This mixed-media piece, which blends pencil and watercolor, measures 11 by 15 inches. Price: $475.
This 9 by 12 inch drawing was drawn early in Sam Savitt’s career when he visited a friend’s stable in 1951 with a pencil and sketch pad in hand. As always, he proved his skill at reproducing a horse from any angle. Price: $325.
This drawing at a friend’s stable in 1951 is a great example of Sam Savitt’s skill at capturing what he saw with a pencil and a sketch pad. The drawing measures 9 by 12 inches. Price: $325.
This unusual piece comprised the front and back cover of a book entitled “How to Take Care of Your Horse Until the Vet Comes.” Sam Savitt co-wrote the book with Herb Marlin. This large watercolor measures 16 by 22 inches. Price: $1,650.
This bold and dramatic image, measuring 15 by 12 inches, is an experimental piece that employs two colors — black ink with a splash of red watercolor. This drawing, and its companion, “Red Wall,” is relatively simple in execution, but carries high impact. It is protected by a plain white mat and cellophane. Price: $400 (sold)
This bold and dramatic image, measuring 16 by 13 inches, is an experimental piece that employs two colors — red watercolor and black ink. This drawing, and its companion, “Over the Top,” is relatively simple in execution, but carries high impact. It is protected by a plain white mat and cellophane. Price: $450. (SOLD)