Although Savitt did numerous simple portraits in pencil, this one is a little different in that it uses watercolor, mainly grays, but with some highlights in other colors and a black pen. This artwork on sketch paper, created with an economy of strokes, measures 13 by 17 inches. Price: $350.
The signature line indicates that this sketch with colored pencils was done in 1966. This simplest of drawings that captures the act of a woman saddling a horse measures 13 by 17 inches on plain paper. Price $250.
Using just two colored pencils, this drawing brings added definition to a simple drawing of a horse standing in a field. It is on 10 by 14 inch paper with no mat or frame. Price: $425.
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.
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 60 years old, it is in excellent condition.
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.
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.
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.