Illustration for American magazine.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
William Henry Dethlef Koerner came from Clinton, Iowa. His first art job, when he was 15, was with the Chicago Tribune, where he later became assistant art editor. After a brief stint as the art editor of a Midwest magazine and an attempt to freelance in New York, he realized his need for further study.
By this time Howard Pyle was no longer carrying on his school, but Koerner went to Wilmington where Pyle gave him special help. Pyle’s pupils – Dunn, Wyeth, Arthurs, and Schoonover – were in the area and provided helpful criticism.
With his background, Koerner was able to achieve his ambition to become and illustrator. He was identified with The Saturday Evening Post for most of his long career, specializing in western and outdoor subjects. He also illustrated several books, including Covered Wagon, and North of 36, by Emerson Hough.