Although probably best known as a writer, Ernest Thompson Seton was a talented and well-educated artist with training in Canada and the United States plus the Royal Academy in London and the Académie Julian in Paris.
He also developed life-long friendships with several artists, especially during his time in Paris, who became among the most-respected artists of his day, such as Robert Henri, the noted American painter, originally identified with impressionism and later the pioneer of the Ashcan School of American Realism.
He always had a special interest in wolves and painted a series of masterpiece-level works while studying in Paris.
Seton was a prolific illustrator, illustrating his own books along with others, including the Century Dictionary, and Bird-Life by Frank M. Chapman.
Seton’s work is held in many museums and private collections. The largest collection is held in the National Scouting Museum in Cimarron, NM which also holds the Seton Memorial Library.
Another collection is held in the Seton Gallery at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe.
Other works are in the collections at the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo, the Bruce Museum and many others.