Here’s a 25×30 original oil painting on canvas by Clarence Ellsworth dated: 1935 titled: A Moon Lit Messenger; with its hand-carved original frame.
Quite a few high auction prices from 2000 to 2005 of $9k to 11,500… I believe this painting is larger has better colors and more action than the others…
Clarence Ellsworth (1885 – 1961)
Clarence Arthur Ellsworth was active/lived in California, Nebraska. Clarence Ellsworth is known for frontier genre, horse, portrait.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Clarence Arthur Ellsworth was born in Holdrege, Nebraska in 1885 and died in Los Angeles, California in 1961. He was a premature frontier baby, born in the back room of his father’s drug store, rubbed with whiskey and warmed in the oven. He grew up witnessing the end of the “horse-drawn Westward migration.” Self-taught as a painter, he was a newspaper artist for ten years in Denver. While in Denver, he received commissions from Eastern magazines for covers and illustrations on Western subjects. In addition, he made twenty-five cent portraits for tourists at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and worked on sports illustrations. About 1924, he moved to Hollywood, California where he worked as a motion picture title artist for seven years. He illustrated Western books including two on North American Indians, “Cottonwood Yarns” 1935; “Dickon Among the Lenape Indians,” 1938; and The Westerner’s “Brand Book” by the curator of the Southwest Museum, Mark Harrington. By 1941, he was being given one-man exhibitions at the Southwest Museum. His specialties were Indians and horses.