"Horsehead Crossing the Pecos" Sketch for New Mexico-Texas Beautiful Trail Series

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Margorie Jane Reed, Western Painter
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Western Artists
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Size:
    12” x 15” image;
    15” x 19” framed
  • Item # C4723D
  • Price: $1750

This original oil painting on art board was painted by Marjorie Jane Reed (1915-1996), a Western artist of fame. It is titled "Horsehead Crossing the Pecos" and depicts travelers embarking on a small barge to cross the Pecos River at the end of the stagecoach line. At the time, the Pecos River served as a main artery throughout the Southwest, originating in north-central New Mexico and flowing into Texas before emptying into the Rio Grande. The painting showcases Reed's signature touch with Impressionistic daubs of beautifully applied paint, making it a delight to view up close. Intimate in scale, this piece is a valuable addition to any Western art collection, capturing a bygone era of travel in the American Southwest.

Marjorie Jane Reed was born in Illinois and raised in Los Angeles. She became famous for painting the western scenes, the Butterfield Overland Stagecoaches, and the cowboys and horses that rode them. She also created the New Mexico-Texas Beautiful Trail Series, capturing the scenic beauty and historical significance of trails in those regions. This series further cemented her reputation as a prominent painter of western American landscapes. Sometimes she signed her work with pseudonyms like Harvey Day and Fred Day.

Signature of Margorie Jane Reed, Western ArtistMarjorie Jane Reed's (1915 - 1996) journey began early, learning from her father, a commercial artist, when she was only three. At fourteen, they moved to Southern California. Her talent took her to Walt Disney Studios, but she didn't like the regimented work there.

In the mid-1930s, she studied under Jack Wilkinson Smith. He was a great artist who helped start the Biltmore Salon in Los Angeles. He saw her love for the outdoors and horses and told her to explore the countryside.
She met Captain William Banning, who had driven stagecoaches for his father, Phineas Banning. From him, she learned the romance of the Butterfield Overland Mail Stage, which ran from 1857 to 1858, from San Francisco to the Yuma crossing on the Colorado River.
With her Alaskan Husky and her Model-T Ford, she traveled the route, sketching as she went. She finished her Butterfield Stage series in 1957. She published a book called "The Colorful Overland Stage," with twenty of her color reproductions.

Later, she lived with her second husband, Cecil Creese, in Tombstone, Arizona. Marjorie Reed died in 1997, in the desert near the Butterfield Stage Station in California.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this original painting titled "Horsehead Crossing the Pecos" Sketch for New Mexico-Texas Beautiful Trail Series is from the collection of a client of Adobe Gallery

Reference: Samuels, Peggy and Harold. The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West, 1976

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Alternate close-up view of a section of this painting.

Margorie Jane Reed, Western Painter
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: Western Artists
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Size:
    12” x 15” image;
    15” x 19” framed
  • Item # C4723D
  • Price: $1750

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