biography of Olaf WIEGHORST (1899-1988)

Birth place: Viborg, Jutland, Denmark

Addresses: NYC in 1918; living in El Cajon, CA, 1945-75

Profession: Painter, illustrator, sculptor

Studied: probably with his father, who was an illustrator & engraver.

Work: Amon Carter Mus.; Nat. Cowboy Hall of Fame; Eisenhower Library, Abilene; mainly private collections

Comments: Wieghorst began painting in 1916. He worked as a sailor, in the U.S. Cavalry, and as a ranch hand at the Quarter Circle 2C Ranch (whose brand became his insignia), before becoming a mounted policeman in NYC, 1925-44. Moved to El Cajon in 1945 and by the 1950s was well known for his specialty, horses.

Sources: P&H Samuels, 527-28; The CĂșur d'Alene Art Auction, July 25, 1998.

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