W. Herbert Dunton

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W. Herbert "Buck" Dunton
Taos Society of Artists founders.jpg
Buck Dunton, third from left,
with Taos Society of Artists founding members
Born (1878-08-28)August 28, 1878
Augusta, Maine
Died March 18, 1936(1936-03-18)
Taos, New Mexico
Nationality American
Known for Painting
Movement Taos Society of Artists

William Herbert "Buck" Dunton (28 August 1878 – 18 March 1936) was an American artist and a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. He is noted for paintings of cowboys, New Mexico, and the American Southwest.

Early life and education[edit]

W. Herbert "Buck" Dunton, The Horse Rustler, ca. 1915

Dunton worked as a ranch hand as a youth and studied at the Cowles Art School in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to New York City around 1903, where he worked as an illustrator for publishing companies and met other artists such as Ernest L. Blumenschein.[1]

Artistic career[edit]

He first visited Taos in 1912 and became part of the Taos art colony. Dunton became one of the founding members of the Taos Society of Artists in 1915.

Among his proteges in Western art was Harold Dow Bugbee of Clarendon and Canyon in the Texas Panhandle.

In 1921, American oil executive W. H. McFadden commissioned Dunton to paint a full-length portrait of big-game hunter Ben Lilly. The portrait was exhibited by the National Academy of Design before being located in McFadden’s home in New Orleans.[2]


  1. ^ Schimmel, Julie (1984). The Art and Life of W. Herbert Dunton, 1878-1936. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. ISBN 0292770316. 
  2. ^ Dobbie, J. Frank. 1997. The Ben Lilly Legend. 5th printing. Publisher: University Of Texas Press, TX, USA. ISBN 0-292-70728-2

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