“There are no ”˜worst’ Charlie Russell letters,” Brian Dippie writes in his warm and refreshing introduction to this landmark collection of Russell’s illustrated correspondence. “But there are those that stand out because everything comes together.”
These “stand out” letters of the beloved Cowboy Artist have been brought together for the first time into one beautiful gift book published by the Amon Carter Museum. Drawn from both private and public collections around the country, here are Charlie’s timeless letters to friends “Pony Bill” and “Teddy Blue Abbott,” his hilarious illustrated homage to the “canyon mule”–in one of several letters never reproduced before now–and classic sketches to “the bunch I mix with” at the Silver Dollar Saloon.
With drawings and words that together rise to a rough poetry, Russell’s letters will make you laugh out loud and leave you misty-eyed.
"I’m not even a huge fan of cowboy art, but the virtuosity of these letters is really impossible to ignore. They’re just beautiful and brilliant."–West and Clear, Fort Worth, Texas
“Each of [Russell’s] missives has beautiful and often humorous watercolor illustrations”¦. They have a clarity that defies translation. All of the postcards and letters, often with their envelopes, are reproduced life-size, in color, over 216 pages. Looking at Russell’s labors – and he admitted that writing was ”˜work’ – one can’t help but regret the demise of letter-writing for the expediency of e-mail. Russell’s illustrated correspondences were a gift.”–Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A grand new book from the Carter Museum, The 100 Best Illustrated Letters of Charles M. Russell, brings the view of Russell-as-correspondent into crystalline focus”¦. The crowning touch is a removable facsimile letter, complete with envelope, which lends the dreamlike illusion that one has received a piece of correspondence from the Great Man his ownself.”–Fort Worth Business Press
Includes a Foreword by Charlie himself and an Introduction by Dippie, one of the leading scholars of Russell’s work. Transcriptions and brief commentaries for each letter. Includes a removable “to scale” facsimile letter and envelope