Frank C. McCarthy


Frank C. McCarthy


New York City


Frontier-horse genre painting, illustration art


Franklin C McCarthy

Western painter and illustrator known for depictions of plains Indians in action, Frank McCarthy spent much of his career in New York City and the last years in Arizona. He was born in New York City and for twenty-one years was as an illustrator for major magazines including “Colliers,” “Argosy” and “True” and for paperback book publishers.

He studied at Pratt Institute and the Art Students League in New York and then followed a course of commercial art. Many of his illustrations were large western paintings, something that continued to earn him a reputation as a top-selling artist. His work was also reproduced and distributed by The Greenwich Workshop.

Sold At Lone Star Art Auction

Frank C. McCarthy – The Returning War Party
Frank C. McCarthy
(1924 – 2002)

The Returning War Party

, 1977
oil on board
20 x 36 inches
Sold for: $27,000
Frank C. McCarthy
(1924 – 2002)

Crack in the Rock

, 1992
oil on board
16 x 12 inches
Sold for: $7,500