Charles Schreyvogel

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"The Silenced War Whoop" by Charles Schreyvogel

Charles Schreyvogel (January 4, 1861 – January 27, 1912) was an American painter of Western subject matter in the days of the disappearing frontier. Schreyvogel was especially interested in military life.


He was born in New York City and grew up in a poor family of German immigrant shopkeepers on the Lower East Side of New York. He also spent part of his childhood in Hoboken, New Jersey. Schreyvogel was unable to afford art classes and he taught himself to draw. In 1901, his painting My Bunkie was awarded the Thomas Clarke Prize at the annual exhibition of the National Academy of Design.[1] He suddenly became recognized and earned what seemed like overnight fame.

Schreyvogel did much of his work in his studio (or its rooftop) in decidedly non-Western Hoboken.[2]

He died in Hoboken in 1912 and is buried in Flower Hill Cemetery, North Bergen, New Jersey.[3]

Works by Schreyvogel are included in the collections of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,[4] the Sid Richardson Museum, Fort Worth, Texas and the Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Today Charles Schreyvogel paintings can be found in the collections of:


  • James D. Horan. The Life And Art Of Charles Schreyvogel: Painter-Historian Of The Indian-Fighting Army Of The American West. New York: Crown Publishers Inc., 1969.
  • Rick Stewart. The American West: Legendary Artists of the Frontier. Hawthorne Publishing Company, 1986.


  1. ^ Charles Schreyvogel Papers, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Accessed August 14, 2007.
  2. ^ Hughes, Robert. "How The West Was Spun", Time (magazine), May 13, 1991. Accessed August 14, 2007. "It is of Charles Schreyvogel, a turn-of-the- century Wild West illustrator, painting in the open air. His subject crouches alertly before him: a cowboy pointing a six-gun. They are on the flat roof of an apartment building in Hoboken, N.J."
  3. ^ Charles Schreyvogel
  4. ^ William S. and Ann Atherton Art of the American West Gallery Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Accessed August 14, 2007.

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