Frederic Remington




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.


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).


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.



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.



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



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



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



September: Enrolls at Vermont Episcopal Institute, Burlington



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



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



February: Seth Pierre Remington dies



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



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



March: Buys sheep ranch near Peabody, Kansas




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



September: Moves to Brooklyn, New York



March-May: Attends Art Students League, New York

June: Travels to Arizona, Mexico, and New Mexico



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



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



July: Wins silver medal at Paris International Exposition



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



June: Elected associate member of National Academy of Design



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



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



December: Exhibits 40 works in Boston exhibition



May: Crooked Trails published

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



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



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



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



May: Owen Wister's novel, The Virginian published

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


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

March 18: Remington Number published by Collier's



December: Begins showing with Knoedler, New York



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



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