Harold Dow Bugbee

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A native of Lexington, Massachusetts, Bugbee came to Texas in 1912 to live on a ranch near Clarendon. He graduated from Clarendon High School, attended Clarendon College (1917) and Texas A&M College, College Station (1918), then graduated from the Charles Cumming School of Art, Des Moines, IA (1921). After returning to Clarendon about 1922, Bugbee painted regularly with members of the Taos art colony in New Mexico.

Known for his portrayals of ranch life, Bugbee was an illustrator of books and magazines and a painter of historical portraits. He illustrated J. Evetts Haley’s Charles Goodnight, Cowman and Plainsman (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1936) and worked with Haley in the production of several other historical works. Bugbee’s illustrations often appeared on the covers of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review between 1929 and 1962, in pulp magazines, and in Country Gentleman, Quarter Horse Journal, Progressive Farmer, The Cattleman, and Field and Stream magazines. He taught at the Palo Duro School of Art, Canyon, and in 1951 became part-time curator of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon. Bugbee died in Clarendon, survived by his second wife, Olive Vandruff Bugbee. A re-creation of his studio as it existed at the time of his death is on permanent exhibit at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

Source: Texas Painters, Sculptors & Graphic Artists by John and Deborah Powers

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