From Larry Hagman's estate - Artwork that hung in his home. This is "Bateleur Eagle", numbered 217/750 and double signed in pencil lower right by well-listed artist John Ruthven. The Bateleur Eagle is a beautiful African eagle, the national bird of Zimbabwe. This is from John Ruthven's 1978 International Series.
Size: 37 1/2" by 31 1/4" Framed.
Signed: Double Signed by artist. Numbered 217/750.
Condition: Very Good. (Not examined out of the frame.)
Provenance: Larry Hagman's Estate (through Julien's Auction.)
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ABOUT THE ARTIST: A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, John A. Ruthven returned to his hometown after serving in World War II. He graduated from the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Jack Storey Central Academy of Commercial Art. He then opened a commercial art studio.
Along with William Zimmerman, another Cincinnati artist, he produced "Top Flight," a unique field guide and speed index to North American waterfowl. It contains over 263 full color reproductions that represent hundreds of hours of work. While the book was in preparation the authors received the full cooperation of the ornithology departments of the University of Cincinnati, Cornell University, the Chicago Natural History Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1960, he won the Federal Duck Stamp competition, and from that time many other wildlife art recognitions. Ruthven also won the Lithographer's Association Award for designing the Famous Figureheads series which was placed in the National Mariners Museum in Washington, D. C. He was also chosen to create the Ducks Unlimited Certificate of Merit for 1967
His varied interests are reflected in the list of organizations he has joined. He is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association, past member of the Cincinnati Art Club and Art Director's Club and Past President of the Cincinnati Artist's Guild. He is also a member of the Cincinnati Bird Club, the American Ornithological Union, and the National Audubon Society. In 1966 he was selected for membership in the exclusive Society of Animal Artists in New York City.
His paintings have been included in acclaimed exhibitions such as The Artist of America Exhibition in Denver, Colorado and the Society of Animal Artist, a traveling museum exhibition included at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. Museums featuring his work include the Smithsonian Institution`s Preservation and Research Center; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, New York; and the Cincinnati Museum Center .
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