Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Painting: William Harnden Foster Painting: "Only One Shot". 20" x 26", oil on canvas. This evocative painting shows a hunter in a birchbark Ojibwe longnose hunting canoe, raising his Model 1899 Savage rifle for a shot at a leaping buck at water's edge. The vivid colors and soft lines are typical of Foster's work. The back is marked in pencil, "National Sportsman", a sporting magazine. Signed in the lower left corner "William Harnden Foster" and dated "1925". Some craquelure, minor paint loss, stretcher embossing, and two very small canvas tears, else fine.

    Born in Andover, Massachusetts on July 22, 1886, Foster showed an early talent for art. He studied art at the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston and at Howard Pyle Art Colony in Delaware. Pyle suggested Foster write a few words to go along with paintings he was submitting to Scribner's Magazine for publication. His paintings were accepted by Scribner's and Foster was commissioned to cover the building of the Panama Canal for the magazine. He went on to paint for numerous national magazines.

    In addition to his full career as a writer and painter, William Foster was also an avid sportsman. He, and several hunting companions, developed a means to practice shooting fast moving objects which came to be called "Skeet." Foster wrote and illustrated a book based on his experiences with wing shooting, grouse, and dogs in book called New England Grouse Shooting. Foster died in 1941.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,734

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 February 16 Americana & Political - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The department director has the heart of a true and highly knowledgeable collector with the business acumen of someone who has been not only successful but has decades of an impeccable track record
    David Greenburg,
    Chicago, IL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $614,788