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FREDERIC REMINGTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 287147

ALS to journalist and friend Herbert Gunnison, after scolding a mutual acquaintance Autograph Letter Signed: "Frederick Remington", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8. New Rochelle, New York, December 20, n. y. On personal letterhead to "My Dear Gunnison".

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FREDERIC REMINGTON
ALS to journalist and friend Herbert Gunnison, after scolding a mutual acquaintance
Autograph Letter Signed: "Frederick Remington", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8. New Rochelle, New York, December 20, n. y. On personal letterhead to "My Dear Gunnison". In full: "'My interview with Charlie was rather short and I am afraid I did most of the talking. I charged him with his sins and did not give him a chance to deny. My purpose was to make him 'sit up.' If he takes morphine or any such thing I don't suppose he would confide in me - so that I can not find out. Of course his illness has had a very depressing effect on him. It takes a pretty stubby sort of a fellow to go through his vicissitudes and not lay down. I hope he will do well with another chance and expect him to. Yours faithfully".  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. One vertical one horizontal mailing folds. Left edge lightly frayed. Mounting residue on verso. Minor smudging throughout letter but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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