Frederic Remington

Biography

Accomplishments

Illustration

Remington made his name as an illustrator, mostly of western and military subjects, for most of the widely circulated magazines of the late 1880s and 1890s. Among the magazines he illustrated were Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s Monthly, Century, Collier’s, Outing, Boys’ Life, and Cosmopolitan. He remains most closely associated with depictions of the old West.

He created most of the art for reproduction in books and magazines using black and white media: pen and ink, ink wash and gouache, and black and white oil.

His magazine work also included self-assigned reporting missions, which resulted in many articles both written and illustrated by Frederic Remington.

Writing:

Remington was unafraid of writing, and specialized in tales of high adventure in the West. His magazine articles were collected into books, and he published works of fiction as well, amounting to eight books in all: Pony Tracks (1895), A Rogers Ranger in the French and Indian War (1897), Crooked Trails (1898), Sundown Leflare (1899), Stories of Peace and War (1899), Men with the Bark On (1900), John Ermine of the Yellowstone (1902) and The Way of an Indian (1906).

Bronzes:

In 1895 Remington began to make sculptures, producing 22 different subjects. He worked in clay. His clay models were cast in bronze at art foundries. His first four subjects were cast using the sand casting method at the Henry-Bonnard Co. In 1898 he began working exclusively with Roman Bronze Works, N.Y., which employed the lost wax casting method. For an accounting of legitimate bronze casts and their whereabouts, see Icons of the West: Frederic Remington’s Sculpture by Michael D. Greenbaum, published in 1996 by the Frederic Remington Art Museum Remington’s bronzes were titled as follows. Unless otherwise noted they were cast at Roman Bronze Works, N.Y. using the lost-wax bronze casting method. Bronzes are listed in order of copyright.

1895 The Broncho Buster *

1896 The Wounded Bunkie**

1898 The Wicked Pony *

1898 The Scalp *

1900 The Norther

1901 The Cheyenne

1901 The Buffalo Signal

1902 Coming Through the Rye

1903 The Mountain Man

1904 Polo

1904 The Sergeant

1905 The Rattlesnake

1905 Dragoons 1850

1906 The Outlaw

1906 Paleolithic Man

1907 The Horse Thief

1907 The Buffalo Horse

1908 The Cowboy

1908 The Savage

1909 Trooper of the Plains 1868

1909 The Broncho Buster (large version)

1909 The Stampede

 

* These sculptures were cast at the Henry-Bonnard Co. using the sand casting method, and also cast at Roman Bronze Works, NY using the lost-wax casting method.

 

** This sculpture was only cast at the Henry-Bonnard Co. using the sand casting method.

Paintings

Methods:

Remington traveled west many times to report for magazines and to accumulate photographs, make sketches and buy props for his studio. This enabled him to create accurate details and gain inspiration each day in the comfort of his studio.

 

Chronology:

Adapted from Frederic Remington by James K. Ballinger, Abrams, 1989.

 

1861

October 4: Born to Seth and Clara Sackrider Remington in Canton, New York

 

1873

August: Moves to Ogdensburg, New York; Seth Remington appointed Collector of the Port

 

1875

September: Enrolls at Vermont Episcopal Institute, Burlington

 

1876

June 25: General George Custer and his men slaughtered in the Battle of Little Big Horn September: Enrolls at Highland Military Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts

 

1878

September: Enrolls at Yale College School of Art, attends three semesters

 

1880

February: Seth Pierre Remington dies

 

1881

August-September: Vacations in Montana Territory--his first trip to the West

 

1882

February 25: Harper's Weekly publishes his first illustration (redrawn by staff)

 

1883

March: Buys sheep ranch near Peabody, Kansas

 

 

1884

March: Moves to Kansas City; invests first in a hardware store, then in a saloon

October 1: Marries Eva Caten in Gloversville, New York; couple returns to Kansas City

 

1885

September: Moves to Brooklyn, New York

 

1886

March-May: Attends Art Students League, New York

June: Travels to Arizona, Mexico, and New Mexico

 

1887

April: Travels to North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Western Canada; exhibits for the first time at the American Watercolor Society and the National Academy of Design

 

1888

February: Illustrations appear in Theodore Roosevelt's serialized articles for Century Magazine, later published as Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail

March: Wins Hallgarten and Clark awards at the National Academy of Design exhibition

May-July: Travels to Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico

 

1889

July: Wins silver medal at Paris International Exposition

 

1890

April: Buys home in New Rochelle, New York; one-man exhibition and sale at the American Art Galleries of the American Art Association

December 30: Defeat of Sioux at Wounded Knee

 

1891

June: Elected associate member of National Academy of Design

 

1893

March: Travels to Mexico for Harper's

September: Meets Owen Wister in Yellowstone; on return trip to New York visits World's Colombian Exhibition, Chicago

 

1895

July: First book, Pony Tracks, published

October 1: First sculpture, Broncho Buster, copyrighted

November: Second exhibition and sale at the American Art Galleries of the American Art Association

 

1897

December: Exhibits 40 works in Boston exhibition

 

1898

May: Crooked Trails published

June: Travels to Cuba to cover Spanish-American War for Harper's and New York Journal

 

1899

April: Harper's Weekly releases Remington; begins illustrating for Collier's

 

1900

March: Begins casting sculpture at Roman Bronze Works, New York

May: Buys summer home at Ingleneuk, an island in the St. Lawrence River, New York

 

1901

September: A Bunch of Buckskins, portfolio of colored lithographs, published; Theodore Roosevelt becomes 26th president upon the death of William McKinley

December: Exhibits at Clausen Gallery

 

1902

May: Owen Wister's novel, The Virginian published

1903
April: Begins showing with Noe Gallery, New York
May: Signs four-year contract with Collier's

1905

March 16: Receives commission for The Cowboy from Fairmont Park Art Association, Philadelphia

March 18: Remington Number published by Collier's

 

1906

December: Begins showing with Knoedler, New York

 

1908

November: Buys property for new home and studio in Ridgefield, Connecticut

 

1909

January: Collier's contract terminated; exhibits work at Doll and Richards Gallery, Boston

December: Exhibition at Knoedler well received by critics

December 26: Dies of peritonitis following emergency appendectomy at his Ridgefield, Connecticut home

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