Sam Savitt (1917-2000)
American author and illustrator born in Pennsylvania in 1917.Very well known for his illustrations of equine books. He illustrated over 100, as well as horse charts, posters and numerous other artwork. He was the official artist of the US Equestrian team.
His artistic career actually began by illustrating comics, in particular Westerns, in which his brilliant depictions of the horsy characters such as Trigger, Silver and Champion, were influential in making them such popular icons. He then went on to illustrate books when an author was unable to get his first choice of artist, Paul Brown, to illustrate his book. Brown, another notable artist and hero and friend of Savitt, recommended him to the author. Savitt was soon to go on from here to a prolific book illustrating career and become as sought after as his idol Paul Brown.
He was not only an illustrator but a author too, writing and illustrating his own books, both non-fiction and fiction, which were mainly horse or dog related. He has also written a very popular book about how to draw horses.
His deep love and knowledge of horses comes through in his work. According to his website, when asked as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said "a horse!"
There is a detailed biography of him and loads of pictures of his work, including many from his comic/western days on the Horse Art Collection website