All Items (Remington, Frederic)
This was Remington's own favorite among his sculptures and also one of the most popular among his original collectors since more than 100 castings were made during his lifetime. However, he hadn't been satisfied with his first attempt, allowing only 15 castings before he made an entirely new model which caught what one writer called its "sweeping circular symmetry of rearing horse and rider, caught at the instant of perfect balance on hind legs . . . a creation of artistic beauty, without compromise to realistic portrayal." Remington eventually also made a larger version, about four inches taller than the...
The Rope Corral was one of twelve illustrations done by Remington to accompany the Theodore Roosevelt article, "The Round-Up" in the April, 1888 issue of Century Magazine. Roosevelt wrote this description for the piece: "A rope corral is rigged by stretching a rope from each wheel of one side of the wagon, making a V-shaped space, into which the saddle horses are driven. Certain men stand around to keep them inside, while the others catch the horses: many outfits have one man to do all the roping."
One of Remington's earliest sculptures, the first version of The Scalp was sand cast by the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company and Foundry. Later, when he discovered the lost wax method, Remington re-modeled the statue and had it cast by the Roman Bronze Works; that second version can be seen in the Norton's Remington Gallery. This earlier model was one of Remington's least popular pieces, probably because it is more stylized, particularly the horse, and less naturalistic than his later works; critic Charles Coffin even referred to it as created "by methods reposeful and dignified," a far cry from Remington's usual action-filled...
Aside from his trips to Mexico and Canada, Remington was much less interested than other American artists of his time in traveling abroad. He was, however, continually interested in horses and horsemen. In 1892, writer Poultney Bigelow convinced Remington to join him on a trip to Russia and North Africa commissioned by Harper's Monthly by promising him that he would see some of the finest horses and horsemanship in the world. Dazzled by Arabian horses and the Spahi, light cavalry regiments of the French armies of Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco, Remington made a number of sketches and watercolor paintings of them. However, this particular watercolor did not go...