The Story of Santa Barbara - John Edward Borein, Cowboy Artist

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

This unfinished work depicts a small herd of steers, with a group of mounted riders yet to be painted into the right foreground. The painting was on Edward Borein's easel when he died in 1945.

Cattle at the Watering Hole (unfinished), 1945
John Edward Borein (American, 1872-1945)
Oil on canvas
20 x 28 inches
Gift of Lucile (Mrs. Edward) Borein
x.3.78.55.1

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Mission Santa Barbara, No. 1
John Edward Borein (American, 1872-1945)
Etching and drypoint
9 x 14? inches
Gift of Thomas More Storke
12.80.66.3

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

It is estimated that Edward Borein executed over 445 etchings in his lifetime. An etching containing a remarque in the lower left corner most likely indicated Borein had personally selected the work for the purchaser. The remarque was usually a small pencil drawing of a horse and rider or cattle.

Taos
John Edward Borein (American, 1872-1945)
Etching and drypoint
8 x 14 inches
Gift of Mrs. Lucille (Mrs. Edward) Borein
x.3.78.65.8

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

As a young man, Borein apprenticed to a saddlemaker and enjoyed leather tooling throughout his life. In his later years he feared arthritis, so to keep his hands supple for his art, he braided miniature reatas, bridles and saddles. He also executed models of various subjects; few examples are known to exist. This model was a collaborative effort between Borein and his friend Charles M. Russell.

Model Horse with Saddle
Palomino horse by
Charles M. Russell (American, 1864-1926)
Mexican charro saddle by John Edward Borein, 1943
Gift of Lucile (Mrs. Edward) Borein
xx.3.58.19.5

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