FREDERIC REMINGTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/17/1905 - HFSID 276605
FREDERIC REMINGTON The artist jokingly threatens consequences if a friend won't view his bronzes. Autograph Letter Signed: "Frederic Remington", 1p, 4½x7¾. New Rochelle, N.Y., circa 1905. On personal letterhead to "my dear Joe"
Sale Price $1,700.00
FREDERIC REMINGTON The artist jokingly threatens consequences if a friend won't view his bronzes. Autograph Letter Signed: "Frederic Remington", 1p, 4½x7¾. New Rochelle, N.Y., circa 1905. On personal letterhead to "my dear Joe". In full: "You go over to Knoedlers and throw your eye on my bronzes or when you run for Senator I will expose you as unfit to be a Senator or even a decent citizen. This is final and you can henceforth address yourself to my attorneys. Yours lovingly." Pencil note (unknown hand) at bottom: "Feb 17-05". (1861-1909), Frederic Remington (1861-1909), a prolific Western artist, was chiefly known for his portrayals of the Old West, where he traveled extensively. His works, which usually depicted cowboys, Indians and horses, are 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. Sent to Cuba in the 1890s by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, who was actively promoting war with Spain, and returning in 1898 to cover the U.S. campaign against the Spanish, Remington was appalled by war's cruelty. However, he produced a memorable sculpture, The Bronco Buster, in tribute to Teddy Roosevelt's leadership of volunteer "Rough Riders" at the Battle of San Juan Hill. (The sculpture was presented to TR by his men as the unit prepared to disband.) Herbert Foster Gunnison, the addressee, was a lifelong family friend of Remington, and purchaser of some of his early sculptures. Gunnison wrote for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a publication of note for prominent Brooklyn residents of the late 1800s. Trimming to margins, scattered light soiling, mild rippling from mounting remnants on reverse, and very subtle brush to greeting. Otherwise, fine condition. Previously authenticated by PSA/DNA.
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