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    Original Published 1-sheet Poster Art Oil Painting for Fort Apache by Harold von Schmidt (Argosy Pictures, 1948). Vintage original published poster art accomplished in oils on 27" x 41" stretched canvas, visible through 37" x 5.25" x 2.5" rustic, vintage wooden frame. Painted by renown Western illustrator Harold von Schmidt (1893-1982) for John Ford, and used in the promotion of Ford's classic Western, Fort Apache starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Temple. Von Schmidt also painted the poster art for Ford's The Searchers and contributed illustrations to magazines including Cosmopolitan, Sunset and The Saturday Evening Post. Twelve of von Schmidt's fine art paintings depicting the westward trek and the Gold Rush of 1849 were hung in the Governor's office in Sacramento, California, and five Civil War paintings remain in the permanent collection of the United States Military Academy at West Point. This Fort Apache artwork is highly visible used, not only for the principle 1-sheet poster for the film, but in most other promotional materials including lobby cards and other domestic and foreign poster formats. Signed in the lower right of art, "Harold von Schmidt." As original poster artwork becomes more and more highly collectible and unavailable, fine examples such as this are hard to find rarities. Exhibiting minor age and unexamined out of frame. In vintage Fine to Very Fine condition. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    November, 2021
    4th-7th Thursday-Sunday
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