Clarence Ellsworth (1885-1961), "Pony Dance", 1943, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 in., frame: 30.5 x 35.5 in.Lot includes framed photo and letter written by Ellsworth, telling the story of the painting; document is 18.5 x 15 in. framedClarence Arthur Ellsworth was born in Holdrege, Nebraska in 1885 and died in Los Angeles, California in 1961. He grew up witnessing the end of the "horse drawn Westward migration." Self taught as a painter, he was a newspaper artist for ten years in Denver. While in Denver, he received commissions from Eastern magazines for covers and illustrations on Western subjects. In addition he made twenty-five cent portraits for tourists at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs and worked on sport illustrations. About 1924, he moved to Hollywood, California where he worked as a motion picture title artist for seven years. He illustrated Western books including two on North American Indians, "Cottonwood Yarns" 1935; "Dickon Among the Lenape Indians," 1938; and The Westerner's "Brand Book" by the curator of the Southwest Museum, Mark Harrington. By 1941, he was being given one-man exhibitions at the Southwest Museum. His specialties were Indians and horses.