He and his brother Frank James joined pro-Confederate guerrillas known as "bushwhackers" operating in Missouri and Kansas during the American Civil War. As followers of William Quantrill and "Bloody Bill" Anderson, they were accused of participating in atrocities against Union soldiers and civilian abolitionists, including the Centralia Massacre in 1864. After the war, as members of various gangs of outlaws, Jesse and Frank robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains across the Midwest, gaining national fame and often popular sympathy despite the brutality of their crimes.
The James brothers were most active as members of their own gang from about 1866 until 1876, when as a result of their attempted robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, several members of the gang were captured or killed. They continued in crime for several years afterward, recruiting new members, but came under increasing pressure from law enforcement seeking to bring them to justice. On April 3, 1882, Jesse James was shot and killed by Robert Ford, a new recruit to the gang who hoped to collect a reward on James' head and a promised amnesty for his previous crimes. Already a celebrity in life, James became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death. Despite popular portrayals of James as an embodiment of Robin Hood, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, there is no evidence that he and his gang shared any loot from their robberies with anyone outside their close kinship network.Scholars and historians have characterized James as one of many criminals inspired by the regional insurgencies of ex-Confederates following the Civil War, rather than as a manifestation of alleged economic justice or of frontier lawlessness. James continues to be one of the most iconic figures from the era, and his life has been dramatized and memorialized numerous times. 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 Jesse James 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.