Arrival of a Courier
Originally planned as an illustration for "General Crook in the Indian Country", an article by Captain John G. Bourke for the March 1891 Century Magazine, this was the first Remington painting to be shown in the annual spring exhibition of the National Academy of Design, marking a sort of official acceptance of Remington by the artistic establishment. It has become one of Remington's best-known pieces and may seem strangely familiar to many viewers. When renowned director John Ford made his 1949 movie, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, starring John Wayne, he used several of Remington's paintings and sculptures as the inspiration for key scenes, including this one. If you find yourself envisioning popular mid-20th century character actors Ben Johnson and Victor McLaglen in this scene, that's why.