Sam Savitt frequently did multiple copies of the same scene, with each a little more detailed and with slight adjustments as he saw fit. This is the final version of a rider running a cross-country course. This drawing on medium-weight paper measures 13 by 17 inches. It has no mat. Price: $650.
A staple of Sam Savitt artwork were his drawings of mares and foals. This particular drawing was the last draft before the finalization of a drawing that was reproduced by the thousands in the 1970’s. This small, graceful pencil drawing measures 10 by 12 inches. It is produced on light-weight paper and does not have a mat. Price: $975.(sold)
This pencil drawing of a cross-country race calls out the danger inherent in such sports. The competitor taking a fence notes a fallen horse off to the side surrounded by doctors and the rider. This drawing on medium-weight paper measures 14 by 17 inches and does not have a mat. Price: $550.
Perhaps nothing is as representative of Sam Savitt’s immense talent as his ability to draw the head of a horse. This 12- by-15-inch illustration on medium-weight paper evokes the life-like power of his work. Price: $500.
During his career, Sam Savitt illustrated nearly 150 books. This dramatic, high-energy rodeo scene was for one of them and includes both publisher’s marks and corrections by the artist. Drawn in black ink, this drawing on medium-weight paper measures 11 by 15 inches. It has no mat. Price: $1,050.
This watercolor painting of a Clydesdale appeared in Sam Savitt’s 1962 book “Around the World with Horses.” The painting, which measures 8 by 10 inches, is held in a plain white mat board for its protection. Despite being nearly 60 years old, it is in excellent condition. Price: $1,175.
This sketch in charcoal pencil was drawn on-site at a thoroughbred horse breeding farm in Maryland in 1965. Sam Savitt often preferred these quick sketches over photography when preparing for a future drawing or painting. This drawing on medium-stock paper measures 13 by 17 inches — the dimensions of his sketch pad. Price: $275. (SOLD)
This watercolor is classic Savitt — a relatively simple treatment that displays rodeo riding with energy and accuracy. This artwork measures 14 by 14 inches on a very paper stock (perhaps light cardboard). It has no mat or frame. Price: $850.
Since the 1950s, Sam Savitt frequently illustrated the covers of books, more than 130 by other authors, plus 15 of his own. 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.