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FREDERIC REMINGTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 268085

FREDERIC REMINGTON He pens this letter to a friend (and co-inventor of the hospital stretcher) on the eve of his depature for war! Autograph Letter Signed: "Frederick Remington", 1p, 6x9½. Key West, Florida, undated, but circa 1898.

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FREDERIC REMINGTON He pens this letter to a friend (and co-inventor of the hospital stretcher) on the eve of his depature for war! Autograph Letter Signed: "Frederick Remington", 1p, 6x9½. Key West, Florida, undated, but circa 1898. On stationery of the East Coast Hotel System to his friend, Joel Burdick. In full: "I hope to join the fleet today battleship Iowa and tomorrow we will bombard Havana and if I don't come back see that the stretcher makes the widow rich." 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.) JOEL BURDICK, who had met Remington at Yale in the late 1870s, exchanged letters with the artist up until Remington's death in 1909. Remington and Burdick had designed the hospital stretcher mentioned by Remington in this letter. EVA (CATEN) REMINGTON (1859-1918), the potential widow mentioned here, had refused two proposals of marriage from Remington before agreeing to wed him in 1884. Light offsetting at blank lower portion. Light ¼x½-inch stain at upper left corner, ¼x1/8 stain at lower left corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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