Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Bill Hart Jr. Collection.

All of the items listed here were in the possession of William S. Hart Jr. — the only child of William S. Hart and Winifred Westover — at the time of "Junior's" death in 2004. All were acquired for the SCVHistory collection between 2018 and 2020 by purchase at multiple auctions and through a generous donation. (Read about the establishment of provenance here and here.)

Some of the material, such as Flagg's painting of the horse Fritz, and mementoes from the wedding of Bill Sr. and Winifred, are historically interesting in their own right. Others, such as mass-produced publicity photos of the elder Hart, gain significance with the understanding that Bill Jr. — who was raised by his mother and estranged from his father — kept them throughout his life. We have grouped them into what we're calling the "Bill Hart Jr. Collection" because together, they shed some light on the way Bill Jr. remembered his father.

LW3322 - James Montgomery Flagg Painting of Hart's Horse Fritz Comes Home After 90-Plus Years, 6-29-2018.

Mrs. William S. Hart's Wedding Mementoes, Baby Clothes Donated to SCV Historical Society • 4-7-2019.

LW3558 - Trunk Items: William S. Hart Jr. as Young Adult in Cowboy Attire, ~1940s.

WH1801 - William S. Hart Promotes Liberty Loan Program, New York, 10-3-1918.

WH2201 - Winifred Westover: Screen Actress & (Ex-)Wife of William S. Hart, Photo by Spurr, Post-1921.

WH2501 - Winifred Westover and Son William S. Hart Jr., 2 Portraits, ~1925.

RETURN TO TOP ]   RETURN TO MAIN INDEX ]   PHOTO CREDITS ]   BIBLIOGRAPHY ]   BOOKS FOR SALE ] is another service of SCVTV, a 501c3 Nonprofit • Site contents ©SCVTV
The site owner makes no assertions as to ownership of any original copyrights to digitized images. However, these images are intended for Personal or Research use only. Any other kind of use, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly publication in any medium or format, public exhibition, or use online or in a web site, may be subject to additional restrictions including but not limited to the copyrights held by parties other than the site owner. USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining any permissions and/or paying associated fees necessary for the proposed use.
comments powered by Disqus