Art, history writer Peggy Samuels dies

Aug. 28, 2007 at 3:20 PM
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EAST FALMOUTH, Mass., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Peggy Samuels, who with her husband wrote or edited 10 books on art and U.S. history, has died at her home in East Falmouth, Mass., at age 84.

Samuels and her husband, Howard, who died in 2002, were art collectors who visited auctions and estate sales looking for Western works then became art dealers before turning to a shared writing career, The New York Times reported Tuesday. While neither had formal training in art history, their first book, "The Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West" in 1976 is considered one of the most authoritative books on the subject.

The couple also wrote “Frederic Remington: A Biography,” about the artist famed for his images of cowboys, prospectors and Apache warriors. Other works include “Collected Writings of Frederic Remington,” “Remembering the Maine” and “Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan: The Making of a President," the Times said.

The Samuels owned American Leisure Products, which produced decorative chess sets and puzzles during the 1950s. They were successful enough to close the business and begin collecting and selling art.

Samuels is survived by two daughters, two sons and nine grandchildren.

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