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Heralded 19th century pastel painting graces May 16 sale

The first large, pastel artwork by artist Frank Reaugh, to appear at auction will make its debut during Heritage Auctions' May 16 Texas Art Auction.

DALLAS – “Sheepherders Camp, 1893,” the first large, pastel artwork by artist Frank Reaugh to ever appear at public auction could sell for $60,000 when offered May 16 in Heritage Auctions’ Texas Art Auction in Dallas and online, capping two weeks of art auctions. Measuring 40 inches wide, the artwork represented Texas’ rich and diverse artistic talent in the 1890s at the St. Louis Exposition, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago.

Sheepherder's Camp

Frank Reaugh’s “Sheepherders Camp,” may rise to $60,000 at auction. (Photos courtesy Heritage Auctions)

“With ‘Sheepherders Camp,’ Frank Reaugh helped introduce Texas art to the world,” said Atlee Phillips, director of Texas Art at Heritage. “It is a testament to the quality and importance of this piece that it was included among artworks selected to represent the United States at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, where it held its own on an international stage.”

Additional pieces in this auction include “Blue-bonnets North of San Antonio, Late Afternoon,” by Julian Onderdonk ($50,000+) and “Hunting Season (Fall in Central Texas), 1957” by Porfirio Salinas ($3,000+). Contemporary works include Silent Signals and False Lights, 1985, by Lee N. Smith ($5,000+) and From the Roof (Hanging Knife), 1985 ($2,500+), sold on behalf of the Prop Foundation of Missoula, Montana to support their charities.

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