W.H.D. Koerner’s “A Charge to Keep”, 1915, original is oil on canvas, 28 X 40″, done as an Illustration in both a Saturday Evening Post Magazine in 1916 for the William J. Neidig Short Story, “The Slipper Tongue” and, later, for that magazine in George Patullo’s 1917 Short Story, “Ways That Are Dark”, and, later, in the 1918 Short Story, of that name, by Ben Ames Williams, for Country Gentleman Magazine. (Link)
“[Bush] came to believe that the picture depicted the circuit-riders who spread Methodism across the Alleghenies in the nineteenth century. In other words, the cowboy who looked like Bush was a missionary of his own denomination.
Only that is not the title, message, or meaning of the painting. The artist, W.H.D. Koerner, executed it to illustrate a Western short story entitled “The Slipper Tongue,” published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1916. The story is about a smooth-talking horse thief who is caught, and then escapes a lynch mob in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The illustration depicts the thief fleeing his captors.”
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