Items (Remington, Frederic) (O)
In 1892, a special edition of Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail, originally published in 1847, was issued with 77 illustrations by Frederic Remington. Parkman's work contained some of the earliest accounts of life on the prairie and in the Rocky Mountains. He tells of riding along Scott's Bluff in Nebraska one morning with traveling companion Henry Chatillon and finding that they were approaching "Old Smoke's lodges". A warrior approached them and, after some communication, escorted them to the camp at Horse Creek. Parkman described his first sight of the chief: On the farther bank stood a large and strong man,...
Christmas card framed. This Christmas card drawn by Remington was sent by him to Mr. Ricardo Bertelli, president of the RBW, probably in 1905 (the bronze was copyrighted in May 1906). It depicts Remington and Bertelli standing beside a wax model of the bronze later known as the "Outlaw". Remington says, "Can you cast him?" and Bertelli answers, "Do you think I am one of the Wright Brothers?". At the top is the inscription "Merry Xmas Bartelli from Remington" and on the back is written "To my friend Mr. Graham: R. Bertelli."
Remington delighted in producing sculptures that required an exquisite sense of balance on the part of the sculptor. In many of his works featuring the occasional struggle between a cowboy and his horse, he performed feats of technical virtuosity, causing the foundry that cast his works constant anxiety as they worked to replicate the balance of the original model. One critic marveled at how Remington had this horse "doing an acrobatic turn on his forefeet with the hindquarters almost erect in the air." In some of the castings, Remington introduced a slight variation: sometimes the horse's tail is down, sometimes...