Items (Remington, Frederic) (M)
Maurice Kingsley wrote an article called "El Cinco de Mayo" for the May 7, 1892 issue of Harper's Weekly and Remington provided 4 illustrations, including this one. While El Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is not Mexican Independence Day, it is frequently treated as though it were. Mexico actually declared its independence from Spain on September 15, 1810; May 5th celebrates the end of another battle for independence. Early in 1862 French troops landed in Mexico, supposedly to collect debts owed by the government of President Benito Juarez. Emperor Napoleon III used the opportunity to put a Hapsburg prince,...
Early in 1893, Remington and his friend John Howard visited the hacienda San Jose de Bavicora, a 900,000 acre cattle ranch just northwest of Chihuahua, Mexico. At that time, the hacienda was owned by Jack Gilbert, whose long struggle with the Apaches in building his land empire was chronicled by Remington in 3 illustrated articles for Harper's Monthly running from December, 1893 to March, 1894. Mexican Cowboys Coming to the Rodeo was an illustration for the last article, "A Rodeo at Los Ojos." Remington described the scene, "My imagination had never pictured before anything so wild as these leather-clad...
This is the earlier of two castings the Norton has of this particular piece and there are some significant differences between them. In 1903 Remington set out to make a sculpture of "one of these old Iriquois [sic] Trappers who followed the Fur Companies . . . in the 30 & 40ties." In his earliest version of the statue, of which this is cast number 2, he has the trapper holding his rifle somewhat awkwardly balanced in his left hand while his right hand clutches the horses tail strap; the horses right rear foot is raised, making the figure appear...
Weight 6 1/2 lbs. This piece is a cast in bronze of the original small-scale model done by Remington preparatory to making the full-scale model, which is the common one. This small "Mountain Trapper" is probably Remiongton's most unique bronze.