Frederic Remington


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(b Canton, NY, 4 Oct. 1861; d Ridgefield, Conn., 26 Dec. 1909).

American painter, sculptor, illustrator, and writer, the most famous portrayer of the ‘Wild West’. He was a burly, athletic man and after studying art at Yale University he travelled widely in the West, prospecting and cow-punching as he worked to establish himself with his illustrations. Reproductions in Harper's Weekly and other popular journals made him a household name, and with his success he was able to turn more to painting and sculpture. In 1885 he settled in New York, but he continued to make visits to the West. His love of horses was so great that he had barn doors built in his studio so he could bring the animals inside. Remington travelled to Europe and North Africa as well as in America, and in addition to a huge output as an artist he produced a good deal of writing: he covered the Indian Wars of 1890–1 and the Spanish-American War (in Cuba) of 1898 as a newspaper correspondent and he published eight books, including The Way of an Indian (1906). There is a collection of his work at the Remington Art Memorial, Ogdensburg, New York State.

Subjects: Art.

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