US Army Camels in Arizona

US Army Camels in Arizona


Artist:  John Wade Hampton

Date:  1971

Size:  5.75″ x 17″

Medium:  Pen and Ink on Paper

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John Wade Hampton (1918-1999) was born and raised in New York City before finally settling in Scottsdale, Arizona as an adult. Hampton became a renowned painter and sculptor of cowboy life that he grew to know first hand from living much of his life in the Southwest. Raised in Brooklyn, he developed a love for the West from seeing Tom Mix movies. He began illustrating in pulp magazines with western themes while he was in high school and at age sixteen, won a contest for sketch artists. When World War II began, he served in an Intelligence capacity in the South Pacific. Having assisted Fred Harman with the comic strip “Red Ryder,” he used the proceeds after the War to buy a small ranch near Silver City, New Mexico in order to get a taste of the cowboy life that so intrigued him. He stayed there for twelve years before moving to Arizona where he lived in Prescott, Cave Creek, Scottsdale, Phoenix and finally in Sonata, where he was living at the time of his death. In 1977, John Hampton completed his first bronze and won the Gold Medal from the Cowboy Artists of America, an organization of which he was a founder and president. Shown is a pen and ink drawing signed in the lower left corner, “J W Hampton” and dated “1971.”