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Western Images by Frederic Remington

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Frederic Remington (1861-1909)

Nowhere is the American West to be found more completely illustrated than in the works of Frederic Remington. Born in upstate New York on October 1, 1861, by age 19, he had distinguished himself as a football player and pugilist at Yale. Leaving Yale and the East upon his father's death, he arrived on the western plains in 1880 and found the demanding life to his liking, excelling in the use of the lariat and six-gun. He became friends with the working men of the times, prospected for gold, rode with military troops on campaigns, and roamed such fabled routes as the Santa Fe Trail and Bozeman Road. Remington quickly realized that he was witnessing the end of an era. As he wrote later in Collier's Weekly: "I knew the wild riders and the vacant land were about to vanish forever-and the more I considered the subject, the bigger the 'forever' loomed."

Five years later, with his inheritance exhausted and a net worth of three dollars, Remington arrived in New York City packing his voluminous portfolios resolved to break into art and illustration. Initial successes were thin, yet within 18 months editors were seeking him out; his painting, "The Courier's Nap on the Trail" appeared at the annual exhibition at the National Academy. Within a few years he was recognized as the foremost western illustrator, short story author (Roosevelt preferred him to Owen Wister and Bret Harte) and sculptor of his day. Yet he continued to roam each summer for the increasingly elusive characters of the Old West. Fascinated with and befriended by the Indians, Remington anticipated the last rebellion by the Sioux. Narrowly escaping death in combat in the Badlands, he rushed east to document the events for Harper's Weekly. Remington is unique for his "caught-in-action" style, a legacy of his lack in formal training and its stifling pedagogy--which he could never tolerate. He died in 1909 after surgery for appendicitis, his career at its apogee, some 48 well-lived years of age.

[ Chromolithographs | Collier | Wood engravings | Relief Halftones ]


Chromolithographs

Antelope Hunting
"Antelope Hunting." From Sport: or Shooting and Fishing. Boston: Bradlee, Whidden Publishing Co., 1889. 12 x 18. Chromolithograph. Signed lower left in image. Excellent condition. Framed. Denver.

This rare print is one of the first Remington prints issued in color. "Arriving where nearer approach mounted would alarm the game, the ranchman ran stooping and finally crept stealthily to the ledge, where he peered cautiously above the edge and saw the antelope. A quick, but careful aim, and the rifle cracked." $1,250


Goose Hunting
"Goose Shooting." From Sport: or Shooting and Fishing. Boston: Bradlee, Whidden Publishing Co., 1889. 12 x 18. Chromolithograph. Signed lower left in image. Very good condition. In frame with buffer mat.

Another rare Remington, the mate to the print above. This image shows two hunters and a dog on the Platte River. After Remington died this print was reissued, curiously, with a different title of Pheasant Shooting. $950



Buckskin in frame
Prints from A Bunch of Buckskins. New York: R.H. Russell, 1901. Chromolithographs. Paper size: 20 x 15, except as noted. Very good condition. Denver.

In 1901, New York publisher R.H. Russell produced a rare portfolio of eight classic western images based on Remington pastels. These are among the most sought-after of Remington's prints.



"A Russian Cossack." From American Illustrators. New York: Charles Scribner, 1892. 10 1/2 x 8 3/4. Color collotype. Trimmed to image and mounted onto board as originally issued. $175


Collier prints

Prints from Done in the Open. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1903. Ca. 12 x 20. Half-tone prints with folds as issued.

Single page images. Ca. 8 x 12.



"Caught in the Circle. The Last Stand of Three Troopers and a Scout Overtaken by a Band of Hostile Indians." 1903. 12 1/4 x 19 3/4. Color relief half-tone. With fold as issued. Denver. $325



Trailing Texas Cattle
Trailing Texas Cattle. 1904. Color relief half-tone. Excellent condition. Denver. $350



Buffalo Runners
From Six Remington Paintings in Color. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1906. Color relief half-tones. Very good condition, except as noted. Denver.


From the portfolio Eight New Remington Prints. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1907. Color relief half-tones. Very good condition. Denver.


From the portfolio Remington's Four Best Paintings. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1908. 10 3/4 x 15 1/2. Color relief half-tones. Very good condition. Framed. Denver.


Cavalry Charge
"A Cavalry Charge." New York: Colliers, 1910. 8 x 23 1/4. Screen print. Signed lower right in image. Excellent condition. Framed. Denver.

Part of Remington's painting of "A Cavalry Charge" was issued as the frontispiece of Collier's Weekly in October 1910, but the entire picture was issued as a separate print by Collier's, advertised in 1910 for $1.50. As a separate print, this is one of the rarest, not to mention most dramatic of the Remington prints. $775


"Gathering of the Trappers." Aka "The Rendezvous." From Frederic Remington's Paintings. New York: P. F. Collier & Son, 1912. Second edition. Color relief half-tone. $275


Wood engravings

Cow Boys Coming to town
Unless noted otherwise, the following prints are from Harper's Weekly (New York); are uncolored wood engravings; and are in very good condition. Sizes are for image only, excluding any text. Denver.


Relief Halftones

Unless noted otherwise, the following prints are from Harper's Weekly (New York); are uncolored relief halftones; and are in very good condition. Sizes are for image only, excluding any text. Denver.




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