Here is a wonderful rare original published signed Western illustration art drawing by celebrated Chicago artist Edgar Miller from 1947 with the title Rumor of Calamity Jane in Black Hills Robbery. The Black Hills Bandits who operated between 1876 and 1877 was comprised of Sam Bass, Joel Collins, Jack Davis, Tom Nixon, Bill Heffridge and Jim Berry. These outlaws first robbed some seven stagecoaches in the Deadwood, South Dakota area. Four of these robberies was directed at the same stage line the Deadwood Stage. On the fifth attempt on March 25, 1877, the outlaws killed the stage driver, Johnny Slaughter.
At the sound of the shot, the horses bolted, running towards Deadwood, some two miles away. Folklore has it that the runaway stage was stopped by none other than Calamity Jane as it entered Deadwood. The illustrations by Edgar Miller were for a 1947 book called The Westerners Brand Book, a collection of historical stories about the Old West. The Westerners Brand Book was published annually by a Chicago club devoted to Western history called The Westerners, which was founded in 1944. Edgar Miller (born James Edgar Miller in 1899 in Idaho Falls, Idaho; died 1993 in Chicago, Illinois) was an American designer, painter, craftsman, master woodcarver and one of the nation's foremost stained-glass designers.
He could sculpt and draw, and he was considered a pioneer in the use of graphic art in advertising. In the 1920s, he was called the blond boy Michelangelo; in the 1930s, a new luminary by Architecture Magazine; in the 1940s, one of the most versatile artists in America.By the 1950s, he was the go-to guy for the nation's most successful industrial designers. The Edgar Miller Legacy in Chicago is dedicated to further exhibiting Edger Miller's work and furthering awareness of this talented artist. Imensions: 8 1/2" by 15". The item "Original Published Signed Western Illustration Pulp Art'47 Calamity Jane Edgar" is in sale since Monday, July 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Art\Art Drawings". The seller is "pengang" and is located in Marietta, Georgia. This item can be shipped worldwide.