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He pens this letter to a friend regarding prints and sketches, dated in 1890! Autograph Letter Signed:  "I am/yours truly/Frederic Remi[remainder torn off], 1¼p, 7x8¾. New Rochelle, New York, 1890 January 13. To Mr. Fred B. Schell.…"

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He pens this letter to a friend regarding prints and sketches, dated in 1890!
Autograph Letter Signed:  "I am/yours truly/Frederic Remi[remainder torn off], 1¼p, 7x8¾. New Rochelle, New York, 1890 January 13. To Mr. Fred B. Schell. Begins: "My dear sir:-". In full: "I send you about a column of M.S. I send a double page 'The opening of the Wounded Knee Fight. - drawn from description by the men engaged'. - I send a print 'In the trenches at Pine Ridge." - from sketch on spot. I send some small stuff which you can interpolate through the paper as you see fit." Remington then lists four items:  "'Lieut. Hawthornes wounded at his gun."-/'The medicine man's signs of defiance'. - And the new U.S. uniforms/'A trooper/'An infantryman". To the right of these entries, he has written: "write n'g." Remington continues: "I am going right on with 'Lieut Caseys [torn off] Scout' for next week. I want lots of spa[ce] and will send all I can - You can use [torn off] much as you see fit." On verso, handwritten postscript signed: "Yours/Frederic Remington". In full: "I send in 'Chite[? illegible]  a Nation' I had it nearly finished when I went west. Will do "Dan D[illegible] Outfit' as soon as possible." Docketed (unknown hand) at lower margin. Enclosures mentioned are not present. In the year he wrote this letter, Remington, who had begun exhibiting his paintings at shows two years earlier, moved into his home in New Rochelle, New York. In the summer of 1890, he would travel to western Canada, and in October and December he would go to the Pine Ridge Agency to get material on American Indians and their "ghost dance". Prolific Western artist FREDERIC REMINGTON (1861-1909) was chiefly known for his portrayals of the Old West, where he traveled extensively. His works, which usually depicted cowboys, Indians and horses, are were notable for their authenticity of detail. Beginning in 1886, Remington produced more than 400 illustrations for the nation's ten leading periodicals, including "Century Magazine", in which Remington illustrated articles written by his friend, Theodore Roosevelt. In March 1890, his Sioux Indians Charging the Sun-Poleappeared in "Century Magazine", which published The Infantrymanin March 1891. Remington's The Opening of the Fight at Wounded Knee, mentioned in this letter, was first published in "Harper's Weekly" on January 24, 1891.  Based entirely on accounts by soldiers of the U.S. Seventh cavalry, it depicts a pitched battle between these soldiers and the Sioux Indians.  (Most historians today accept a very different account: that the Sioux were largely unarmed and had come to surrender.) In 1895, five years after this letter, Remington began one of the most successful phases of his career, introducing his first sculpture, Bronco Buster. For many years, FRED B. SCHELL, also an artist of considerable merit, was Remington's editor at Harper and Brothers, which published the magazines "Harper's Weekly", "Harper's Monthly", "Harper's Bazaar" and "Harper's Young People Magazine" and hard-bound books. Remington's In the Trenches at Pine Ridge, mentioned in this letter, appeared on a 1891 cover of "Harper's Weekly". After Remington's contract with "Harper's" was terminated in 1899, he worked for "Collier's" until January 1909. Lightly creased with folds, vertical folds touch the first "e" in Frederic on front and the "c" in Frederic on verso. Letter has been silked for strength, but there is an 1¼x2¾-inch paper loss at lower right margin of first page (removing some words), 1x¾-inch paper loss at upper margin, removing 2 words of writing, and ½x½-inch paper loss at upper left blank corner. There are also holes at the upper blank margin (touching 4 words of writing on verso) and at the lower portion of the mid-vertical fold just above the signature on front. Otherwise, fine condition.

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