Emil W. Lenders
Vivid Career of Lenders, City Artist, Ends in Death The Oklahoman, April 4, 1934
Native Englishman, Lured By West, Became Friend of Buffalo Bill
Born in London and reared in Germany. Emil W. Lender, 69-year-old artist who died Thursday at his apartment, 420 Northwest Eleventh street, became successively a Philadelphia alderman wild west show trouper and Oklahoma rancher before achieving his ambition to becoming a painter of plains animals.
That he succeeded is attested by the fact that his pictures of buffalo, Indians, wolves and wild horses hang in some of the most important art collections of the country.
Already well known for his pictures of sheep, horses and other domestic animals, Lenders was attracted by the picturesque Indians, bronchos, cowboys and wild steers in Col. W.P. "Buffalo Bill" Cody's wild west show when it was showing in the old Madison Square Garden in New York City. He joined the show, traveling with it and studying the western actors and animals.
An invitation from Col. Joe C. Miller of the 101 Ranch and Cody's insistence brought the artist to Oklahoma to live and paint. He established "Thunderbird" ranch near Miller's south of Ponca City.
Lenders had an elaborately carved saddle inscribed. "To E.W, Lenders, the best painter of buffalo in the world. From his admiring friend William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill)."
In 1928 William F. "Coin" Harvey asked Lenders to paint a picture of a buffalo to go into his famous pyramid to preserve features of the past for prosperity.
Lenders had been ill for a year and confined to his bed for three months. Funeral arrangements to be in charge of the Garrison funeral home, Thursday night were awaiting word from relatives.