Legends of the West: Buffalo Bill

painting of Buffalo Bill

Artist: Mark Hess
Art director: Richard Sheaff
First day of issue: October 18, 1994

Acrylic on canvas affixed to board

Visual reference material was scarce for some of the subjects featured on the Legends of the West stamps, but not for William F. Cody. As the hero of dime novels and the star of a world-famous Wild West show, “Buffalo Bill” left behind a spectacular range of photographs and ephemera that inspired this portrait by Mark Hess.

Art of the Stamp