David Wrolson passed along the sad news that the great African wildlife and hunting history painter John Seerey-Lester has died of throat cancer at the age of 74.
You seen his work on these pages, depicting scenes of historic hunts in Africa and North America. Karamojo Bell, Frederick Courteney Selous, Jim Corbett and most of all Theodore Roosevelt were subjects that came alive under his brush, along with the wildlife that he loved and did significant work to preserve. His wheelhouse was the early African safari era at the beginning of the 20th century, a period that forms the x-ring of my Frontier Partisan enthusiasms. The gear and the aesthetic were refined to their classic parameters in that era, and Seerey-Lester captured it all with great verve and documented historical accuracy.
I like to think he’s in some artists’ Valhalla, tipping a glass with Charlie Russell and the like, swapping stories of tough men in wild lands and brushing up a glorious sunset for those of us who have yet to take the long trail.