This folder contains the photocopy of one, two page, handwritten letter written by Maynard Dixon from Lone Pine, California
on June 20th, 1927 and is addressed to "Uncle George". The papaer is in good condition but the hand writtting is a bit hard
to read. The original letter is a part of the "Pacheco Papers", which are in the collection of the Society of California Pioneers.
Maynard Dixon 1875-1946, illustrator and artist, born in Fresno and was exposed from childhood to the great outdoors of the
high Sierra and to the wilderness of Kern River Canyon. A lonely child, he started drawing from nature, guided by engravings
in early periodicals such as Scribners, Harpers, and the Century Magazine. In 1893 he attended for a short while the San Francisco
School of Design, where he met Xavier Martinez and other artists. Largely self-taught and greatly influenced by Frederic Remington,
he sold his first illustration to the San Francisco Call in 1895, and later was employed by that newspaper. At this time he
also did illustrations for the Overland Monthly, and held his first exhibit in San Francisco. Encouraged by Charles F. Lummis,
he also attempted writing verse, an avocation he was to pursue throughout his life.