An imposing record of the men who provided the pictorial account of the happenings during the West's most dramatic period of development- the last half of the nineteenth century. Mr. Taft is a professor at the University of Kansas. In his book he includes material formerly published in the Kansas Historical Quarterly, revised to conform to a new whole and divided into chapters on individual artists giving life stages in their work as it reflected the historial events and the kind of pioneer society they witnessed. Included are analyses of such men as John M. Stanley who followed the railroad surveys, Heinrich Balduin Mollhausen, Henry F. Farny the artist of Indian life, Rufus F. Zogbaum, and among the more familiar, Frederic Remington. From the many samples of their work included as illustrations for the book, one can see that these men were meticulous and factual. They saw with the camera eye, expressing themselves as natural 19th century romantics filled with the sense of a new land, but nevertheless in large part responsible for the inauguration of the Taos art colony still flourishing today. Copious source notes increase reference value.