ORIGINAL EDWARD BOREIN ENGRAVED PLATE
BOREIN, Edward. Hopi Boys. No place (likely Santa Barbara, CA): no publisher, circa 1935. Original etched plate, housed with proof impression mounted opposite in custom full morocco-gilt clamshell box. $5800.
Original printing plate etched by renowned western/cowboy artist Edward Borein, mounted in handsome full morocco-gilt clamshell box with a proof impression of the plate mounted opposite.
Known primarily for his paintings and drawings of cowboys, Native Americans, and the horses and cattle they relied on for their livelihoods, Borein’s pen-and-ink drawings appeared in Harpers, Colliers Weekly, Sunset Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, and in popular advertisements. “Borein lived his artistic life, working first as a cowboy on cattle ranches, doing a true day’s work as a skilled cowpuncher. The people he drew, though they existed in his imagination, were well founded in reality, particularly the Indians who once rode freely over the West and across America’s desert land, and cowboys who mustered cattle of a long-horned breed that no longer roam the range lands of the United States. All types of riders were shown using the animals that Borein drew with skill unmatched by any other artist anywhere, at any time—cattle and ‘Western’ horses” (Galvin, i). “I will leave only an accurate picture of the West, nothing else but that,” Borein wrote. “If anything isn’t authentic or just right, I won’t put it in any of my work.” His fine etchings have become increasingly collectible and sought-after over the years. This is the second state of “Hopi Boys,” number 187 in the catalogue of Borein’s etched works, and shows two Hopi youths resting on the ground alongside a mule, the three facing the desert landscape. Galvin, The Etchings of Edward Borein 187.