"Cowboys"   Lot no. 4442

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By Gayle Porter Hoskins (1887-1962)

11" x 7"
Oil Sketch



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Magazine Story Illustration 

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Gayle Porter Hoskins was raised a Westerner, having been moved from his birthplace in Brazil, Indiana, to Denver when he was only five. Growing up there gave him a chance to ride and work with horses and he served with Troop C of the Colorado State Cavalry for three years. A strong interest in drawing led to his first art job at fourteen doing cartoons for the Denver Post

When his family moved Chicago in 1904, Hoskins enrolled at the Chicago Art Institute. Howard Pyle visited the school in 1907; he was impressed and invited Hoskins o study further with him in Wilmington. This advanced training helped to launch his long and successful illustration career. Although his story assignments varied, he became best known for his outdoor and Western subjects. As the Pulp magazines evolved, Hoskins’ work was especially well suited to the requirements of the Western covers and he was associated with the publishers Street & Smith for many years.

   Hoskins enjoyed teaching and was a founding member of the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts. Along with Frank Schoonover, he was active in the Wilmington Sketch Club.