The Parramore Sketches


Today is the #dayofthecowboy! This week we have been building to this point with glimpses into authentic ranch life in our unique area of the world. We are wrapping up with The Parramore Sketches by Dock Dilworth Parramore.

In 1885, young D.D. Parramore began his studies in art much to the disappointment of his father, Col. J. H. Parramore, an enterprising frontier cattleman, who discouraged his son’s artistic pursuits. In the mid-1930s, as a retired rancher, Parramore revisited his love of drawing to entertain and instruct his grandchildren about his memories of the early days in Runnels, Haskell, Callahan and Taylor Counties.

The scenes date from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries and Parramore hand-lettered descriptions and antidotes to several drawings. Typical of many naïve artists, Parramore has recorded a myriad of details in each drawing, with the intent of sharing his memories and experiences with the next generation.

The full narrative accounts and images are available in the book, “The Parramore Sketches: Scenes and Stories of Early West Texas.”

The Parramore Sketches, circa 1930 Scenes and Stories of Early West Texas Graphite on paper
Courtesy of (his grandchildren) Mrs. Eleanor Hoppe and Dr. D.P. Sellers