All Items (Remington, Frederic) (Sculpture)
This was the first and most popular of Remington's sculptures. While he had been supporting himself as a painter and illustrator, Remington had no training as a sculptor when one day a friend suggested that the three-dimensional quality of his drawings suggested a possible affinity for sculpting. Remington bought some clay and the rest, as they say, is history. He produced this sculpture in the summer of 1895; art critic Arthur Hoeber noted in Harper's Weekly that it was quite astonishing that the difficulties of technique in the modeling in clay should have been overcome so readily and with...
This particular bronze is a variant on Remington's original model of The Cheyenne produced in 1901. Remington set out to create an accurate portrait of a Cheyenne warrior, and created an incredible feat of sculptural engineering; the running horse has all four feet off the ground and is supported only by a trailing buffalo robe and clump of grass. Nevertheless, after the first castings of the piece, he felt the shield was awkwardly high and lowered it to the riders waist. He made other minor changes, including the position of the breechcloth over the flanks of the horse and changing...
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.